Bathroom Drain Clogs: Why Store-Bought Drain Cleaner Is Not Enough

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One of the most common service calls we receive is in regard to drain clogs. It’s rare that the average homeowner can go throughout the life of their home without having to deal with this problem at least once. In the best case scenarios, it will only take a plunger to relieve the clog. When a plunger doesn’t do the trick, however, you need something a little stronger.

Of course, you may be tempted to go to a hardware store and buy some chemical drain cleaner off the shelf. And true, this may provide you with a temporary solution to your problem. But that’s the thing—the solution will only be temporary. Keep reading to learn what causes clogs and why store bought cleaners just aren’t enough.


Hair is one of the leading causes for stubborn clogs in bathroom sinks and shower drains. It gets trapped within the sludge already lining your pipes, and can even be found in the curved pipe section below your sink called the p-trap. Eventually, all this hair creates a plug that becomes hard to break through. Your store bought drain cleaner will provide relief—maybe even for a few months.

However, that same drain cleaner will also build up on the already existing hair and sludge—it doesn’t actually rid your plumbing system of the problem. Additionally, store-bought cleaners are corrosive and can eat away at your pipes, causing leaks.

Soap Scum

Soap scum is a pretty common problem, as it solidifies as it cools and begins to accumulate along your drain pipes. This can block up your drains and create acidic chemicals that damage the interior of your plumbing. Add chemical cleaners on top of this and you have an even bigger problem.

The solution to these bathroom clogs is simple—hire a professional plumber. We have the tools and training necessary to unobtrusively remove any clog that may appear in your bathroom plumbing.

To ensure your plumbing system gets back to full functionality, trust APC Plumbing & Heating for your Aurora, CO drain cleaning services


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