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Dangerous Liquid Plumbing Fumes to Avoid

With the new year come new lessons. Some lessons are hard to learn, but they are often the hardest to forget. And for good reason! When a driver gets into a car accident after having a few too many at the bar, they learn the hard way to never drink and drive again. When a kid wanders off into the street with fast traffic, their parent learns to never take their eyes off of their kid.

And when liquid plumbing fumes are released into the home, homeowners should do everything they can to prevent those fumes from filling the air again. Liquid plumbing fumes are often caused by chemical drain cleaners and can be toxic, but many individuals don’t know this!

They can cause breathing irritation, eye irritation, and unpleasant smells. The worst part is these fumes can stick around long after the product has gone down the drain. Luckily, there are a few tactics homeowners can use to mitigate the dangers of these fumes.

Avoiding Toxic Chemicals

toxic chemicalsChemical cleaners are a host of many toxic ingredients. When someone takes a step back after opening a bottle of cleaner because the smell of the chemicals is so strong, it’s clearly not a user-safe option.

Or when the directions on the back of the bottle tell the user to wear gloves, to not make contact with the skin, to not touch the eyes or mouth after using the product, or other safety precautions like this, these are all signs that the product has toxic chemicals and should be avoided. However, many homeowners don’t take as much caution as they should with products like these, so they are commonly held in many homes.

Products like Drano and Liquid-PlumR are among the most popular liquid drain cleaning solutions, but they are filled with toxic chemicals like muriatic, sulfuric or hydrochloric acids as well as other chemicals like bleach. When these chemicals come into contact with other household chemicals or products, they can create toxic fumes. If inhaled, they can cause harm to a person’s nose, throat, or other parts of the body, or even worse drain cleaner poisoning.

Chemical Cleaners Cause Skin Irritation

Because these chemicals in liquid drain cleaners are so dangerous, it’s critical to take proper precautions when using them. Simply breathing in the fumes of the chemicals can cause nose and throat irritation. Wearing a mask can help avoid this. However, these chemicals are even more dangerous if they touch the skin.

skin irritation

When these chemicals make contact with the skin, it can cause severe rashes or burns. Make sure to use heavy-duty gloves during use, and wash the hands and skin afterward too.

Chemical Cleaners Are Dangerous for the Eyes

dangerous for eyesPeople’s hands touch everything, from the doorknob on the bathroom to the buttons on an ATM. So it’s important to wash hands frequently, but it is especially important to wash them after handling toxic chemicals.

If someone has even the smallest bit of chemical residue on their fingers and then touches their eyes, it can result in serious burns and eye irritation. If this occurs, immediately rinse the eye under a faucet to wash it out and seek medical attention if the pain does not go away.

To avoid this medical emergency, it may be best to wear safety glasses and, again, wash hands thoroughly after using these chemicals. Or, maybe it’s best to avoid dangerous liquid drain cleaners and find a safer way to clean drains in the first place.

About Ira Hansen and Sons Plumbing

Ira Hansen and Sons Plumbing was founded with a focus on family, work, and community. They strive to reflect these values in the way they do business every day. When customers work with them, they can expect top-notch drain cleaning services by technicians who are prepared with the right materials and resources, to deliver service with integrity.