What Happens If You Put Drano Down The Toilet?
When you think of a clog in your drain, chances are you immediately think of Drano. Drano is one of the oldest chemical clog cleaners on the market today. If you were alive in 1923 to hear the original jingle to promote it, you would have heard, “once every week, Drano in every drain.” While most of us today would realize that advice is misleading, how about using it every time you have a clog? Is it safe to use on a clog in your toilet?
Let’s start with the size and shape of the toilet.
Looking at the different fixtures throughout your home, it’s easy to see that a drain in your kitchen or bathroom sink is not the same as a drain in your toilet. Each fixture is designed for a specific use in mind. Each fixture carries different items back into the system.
Drano was designed for sink clogs, meaning its chemical makeup was designed for reaching clogs that form in the pipe structure underneath your sink. Because a toilet’s drain is constructed differently, Drano’s chance of reaching the clog is limited at best.
And that’s where the real problem begins.
Because the clog won’t go away, you might decide to try other things. Pull out a plunger, and you risk splashing up water and Drano onto your skin or into your eyes. If you add another chemical into the mix, you risk everything from a chemical reaction, to poisoning, to even creating something explosive. If you use bleach regularly to clean the toilet, combining Drano’s active ingredient ammonia with it will produce a toxic gas called chloramines. You can quickly feel symptoms such as eye irritation, chest pain, difficulty breathing, or even pneumonia.
A simple fact is a clog in a sink drain is different from a clog in your toilet. A sink may have things like hair, soap scum, skin oils, possibly food scraps in the kitchen. Clogs in the toilet contain human waste, toilet paper, and possible wet wipes, which create their own unique set of conditions.
Drano is designed to work on problems found in sink drains – hair and soap scum. Neither of which are found in toilet clogs.
What’s more, we never recommend Drano or any harsh drain opening chemicals at all. They can really hurt a septic system, not to mention the harmful impact to the environment.
Be sure to use appropriate tools for the clog. Your best bet for a toilet clog is a funnel-cup plunger and a toilet auger for the severe blockages. If you continue to have problems, it’s time to give R.S. Andrews a call!