Many people keep strong chemical products like Drano under the sink to solve plumbing problems.
Although Drano has been a popular consumer product for decades, it is extremely hazardous. Misuse of household chemicals has become almost commonplace, and the risks may no longer be worth the convenience.
Drano is a brand name of a group of drain cleaning products manufactured by the SC Johnson company. Classic Drano is crystals of sodium hydroxide, or lye. Drano also comes in liquid forms which are formulations containing both lye and bleach. Bleach is another strong chemical.
Lye and bleach are bases, meaning they have a high pH number. Water is neutral, at pH 7, and completely safe for contact with human skin. Products with high pH (bases) or low pH (acids) damage biological compounds. Since most drain clogs are organic, grease, hair, and soap scum, The caustic crystals or liquid quickly dissolve the obstruction.
However, they have the same effect on human skin, mucous membranes, and organs. If Drano is ingested, the gastrointestinal tract can be damaged beyond its ability to heal, and if the person survives, complete reconstruction of the esophagus and stomach may be required. Normal eating may never again be possible. The abilities to speak, hear, see and smell can be impaired by released gases.
Despite warnings to keep products like this locked up, each year there are reported cases of small children accidentally ingesting even a small amount of Drano and either dying or being severely burned and disfigured.
There have been incidents of criminals forcing victims to drink Drano if they refused to comply with some request. In recent years, there have been assaults where strong chemicals like drain cleaners were thrown in the face of an innocent person.
One of the most difficult abuses to guard against is the use of Drano to make homemade bombs. This is due to the fact that teenagers in search of a thrill aren’t going to pay any attention to safety warnings. The bombs can be made with only Drano, aluminum foil and a plastic soda or water bottle. The bottle bombs are dangerous enough to sever fingers and cause severe burns. Yet, because they are safer than many types of homemade bombs, and easy to make, teenagers find trying them irresistible.
Industrial-strength cleaners are so caustic, and so easy to abuse that the state of Illinois now requires photo ID to buy them. Purchases must be registered.
To avoid being an unwilling partner in any of these activities, many homeowners choose to call for professional help to deal with clogged or slow drains. Bob Oates sewer cleaning is a reliable source for solutions to your plumbing problems in the Seattle area.