Using bleach seems like a great idea for keeping pipes unclogged and smelling fresh — and a drain cleaner is literally for pipes, right?

Unfortunately bleach can react with substances in your pipes and cause more clogs than it prevents. Even a drain cleaner is rough on pipes — and both are environmentally awful. (Plus, if you have a septic tank, as little as one teaspoon of a drain cleaner is supposed to be able to destroy a septic field.)

Instead, it's best to use a pipe snake (also known as an auger) to keep pipes running smoothly. It's easy to use; free once you pay a small amount for the purchase of the auger; and much safer for you and the earth.

Source: Excerpts from Kelley Walters for Realtor Online

Laura Flynn, Real Estate Broker

Coldwell Banker

Downers Grove, IL

5114 Main Street

Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker are independent contractor sales associates and are not employees of the company.

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