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Safe to use bleach in sinks/drains?


 
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Unhandyman

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 12:13 pm Reply with quote

For years I've been keeping my sink and bath plugholes and overflows clean and clear by putting in a bit of bleach for a few hours or overnight before cleaning the bathroom. Recently I read somewhere that bleach can damage pipes and now I'm worried that I've been destroying my pipes all these years! What's the truth? Is it okay to use bleach, or is there another, better way to keep the drains clean and clear? I'm not talking about unblocking or dealing with a problem - just regular, preventive maintenance.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 12:23 pm Reply with quote

News to me that it does anything to the pipework, you shouldn't use it if you have a septic tank but other than that it should be fine
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 1:12 pm Reply with quote

Unhandyman wrote:
For years I've been... putting in a bit of bleach for a few hours or overnight before cleaning the bathroom... now I'm worried that I've been destroying my pipes all these years!
By definition, you can't have been doing any significant damage, or else you'll have noticed something amiss.

Bleach will cause corrosion of some metals though, if it's in contact with them for a long time. A horrible, black discolouration.
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