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3 Drain Cleaning Safety Tips

Drains are one of the areas that you are prone to forget while cleaning your home. However, failure to clean your drains adversely affects your home's plumbing systems. It could block the sinks and drain pipes, inconveniencing your comfort.

Therefore, you must clean your drains as regularly as possible to prevent the need for your septic system's repair or replacement. However, you should ensure that you take the necessary safety precautions to avoid self-injury or drains damage. Below are three safety tips you should consider while cleaning your drains.

1. Wear a Protective Gear

One of the primary safety tips is to wear protective gear, including safety glasses and leather gloves. The safety glasses protect your eyes from debris, chemicals, and splatter in the drain. On the other hand, the gloves protect your hands from germs in the drain and possible prick injuries.

Additionally, you should wear shoes with an excellent grip to avoid injury in wet and slippery areas. In addition, a full face mask, waterproof pants, and safety jacket prove essential while using high-pressure jets or chemicals. This protective gear protects you against corrosive and toxic substances.

While you can clean the drains yourself, hiring experts who are better skilled in cleaning them, especially when using chemicals, is advisable. 

2. Use the Right Equipment

Another safety tip is using the proper equipment to prevent damaging the system. For example, you should use a plumber's snake to remove clogs in the drains.

Nonetheless, you have to be cautious while using it to avoid damaging your pipes or the porcelain of your toilet. However, you should use a plumber's snake if a more common tool such as a plunger fails to work.

3. Use Natural Cleaners

Although chemical cleaning products are effective in cleaning drains, they can cause severe damage to your plumbing system and affect your health. Therefore, you should use natural products to clean your drains.

Also, you should run hot water down your pipes regularly to unclog your drains. As a result, any clogged substance will eventually soften with time and get flushed out.


Drain cleaning involves complex procedures that you may not be aware of. Therefore, consider hiring professional plumbers who have experience with the plumbing system. Plumbers have the right equipment to identify clogs and know the best approach to get rid of them. All in all, practice these safety tips while drain cleaning to protect your health and avoid damaging your pipes.