Will Drano® Products Harm My Pipes?
May 28, 2010 11:21 AM
Q: A friend told me that Drano® products could damage my plastic pipes. Is this true?
A: Rest assured: laboratory tests confirm that Drano® is safe for all types of pipes and plumbing fixtures!
This is actually a common question we receive, so we’d love to clear things up. Our products are powerful enough to dissolve those nasty clogs, but they will not harm your plastic or metal pipes, so there’s no need to worry. Additionally, Drano® products are safe for septic systems and will not harm the bacterial action that occurs in septic systems.
In fact, Drano® Max Gel contains a special ingredient that prevents pipe corrosion and “Safe for all pipes, septic systems and cesspools” is printed on the product packaging of all our products.
Be aware, however, there are other drain openers on the market that could cause damage. We recommend avoiding acidic chemical cleaners that contain sulfuric acid or hydrochloric acid.
Hydrochloric acid can damage porcelain, metal and almost any other material when used incorrectly. Sulfuric acid is slightly less damaging to metal plumbing but can still damage aluminum, stainless steel and porcelain. These chemical cleaners should be used as a last result and by a professional. To keep your pipes safe when you’re using a drain opener, we recommend sticking with Drano®.