Clogged drains may be a disaster, but the potential ill effects of chemical drain cleaners may be much, much worse. Learn about some safer alternatives to chemical drain cleaners and give these a try the next time your drain backs up. Take this quiz to see how good your drain cleaner knowledge is.
What should you do if a foreign object, such as a wine cork, gets caught in the drain?
Use drain cleaner.
Remove the object.
Use a plunger.
Store-bought drain cleaners use __________ to clear clogs.
What do caustic drain cleaners contain?
Oxidizing drain cleaners contain what household product?
Where may you buy acid drain cleaners?
If you use commercial drain cleaner incorrectly, what may happen to your pipes?
What may happen if you swallow drain cleaner?
poisons the body
Why should you use commercial drain cleaner only in a well ventilated room?
harmful to respiratory system
interacts with air freshener
If commercial drain cleaner splashes on your counter, what may happen?
It sanitizes the counter.
It mars the counter.
Enzymatic drains cleaners use __________ to clean drains.
Why are enzymatic products better for the environment than commercial drain cleaners?
no harmful chemicals
no petroleum products
What materials are needed for a home-remedy drain cleaner?
Why should you avoid putting grease down your kitchen or bathroom sink?
may clog the sink
bad for the environment
How should you dispose of grease?
put cooled grease into a container
throw container away
What is the best way to dispose of paper towels that were used in the bathroom?
Throw in the garbage.
Throw paper bits into the sink.
What food items may you put down the sink?
small bits of food
no food items
What if you have a garbage disposal?
Run cold water when grinding.
Do not grind large food items.
What is a weekly task that may help to prevent clogs?
Pour cold water down your drains.
Pour warm water down your drains.
Pour hot water down your drains.
How often should your septic system be professionally inspected?