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People are becoming increasingly concerned about the toxins and dangerous substances that are found in many common household products. For this reason, more individuals are opting to use a natural drain cleaner instead of one that is full of caustic chemicals. At Carter Services, a number of clients have asked us about the benefits of using natural drain cleaning alternatives. Here are a three of those reasons.


Many conventional drain cleaners contain sodium hydroxide, a chemical that can be very harmful if it is inhaled, comes in contact with the eyes or skin, or is swallowed. Symptoms include:

  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Throat swelling
  • Diarrhea
  • Severe mouth pain
  • Vomiting
  • Rapid decrease in blood pressure
  • Severe tissue damage
  • Burns

This can be a very big concern for people, particularly those who have small children in the house.


Unlike natural drain cleaners, conventional drain cleaners are full of harsh chemicals that are damaging to the environment. While some ingredients do break down harmlessly, some remain as toxic water contaminants even after they have been treated.


Conventional cleaners can seriously damage pipes, dissolving or eroding them as they sit on a clog. In homes that have worn pipes, strong cleaners may result in holes in the plumbing after even one use. Given the potentially enormous expense that is involved in fixing broken pipes, it is probably more favorable to use a natural drain cleaner.

If you have a drain problem and are looking for a Torrance, CA plumbing service that you can trust, look no further than Carter Services, a family-owned business featuring plumbers with 40 years of experience. Contact us online to schedule an appointment.

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