Is Chlorine Beach Hurting Your Plumbing?

Every day, people use chlorine bleach to clean and disinfect their homes. This power chemical is a staple in most households, but is it causing problems for your plumbing? It surprises many people just how destructive chlorine bleach is to certain parts of their home’s plumbing system. In this post, we write about the hidden dangers to your plumbing from frequent bleach use.

Bleach Weakens Plastic

The pipes most susceptible to problems from frequent bleach use are plastic pipes and other plastic plumbing parts. You find plastic piping under kitchen and bathroom sinks. Also, faucets, showerheads, outdoor hoses, and water appliances like dishwashers with plastic parts react adversely to too much bleach use. If you don’t want to replace these parts frequently, consider using non-bleach cleaners.

Do you have polybutylene piping (PB) in your home? If so, keep in mind this material is more susceptible to damage from bleach. While much is unknown about the effects of chlorine on PB pipes, if you use a lot of bleach, plumbers recommend staying away from installing PB piping in your home.

Bleach and Septic Systems

Homes with septic tank systems should limit bleach usage. Septic systems need bacteria to break down the waste. When too much bleach is used, this has a negative impact on the systems functions. It could lead to serious problems and require septic tank repair or replacement. Talk to your septic specialist to learn more about the best products for cleaning your home when you have a septic tank.

Protecting Other Surfaces

Chlorine bleach isn’t only harmful to plumbing components. When using bleach, never pour it gardens, lawns, or landscaped areas. Bleach is toxic to plant life and will kill your yard quickly. Also, when using bleach, ventilate the room well. If you’re using bleach for an extended time, wear goggles and a face mask to avoid getting the chemical residue in your eyes or in your lungs.

Fixing Leaky Pipes

Has excessive bleach usage led to leaky plastic pipes? If so, get these pipes repaired right away. Allowing leaky pipes to go unrepaired puts your home at risk of water damage. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize they have leaky pipes. This is because they don’t know where to look or the leaks are hidden. That’s why it’s a good idea to contact local plumbers for regular home inspection services.

Plumbing inspection services include leak detection, sewer camera inspections, and visual inspections of under-cabinet, exposed piping. When you keep your home’s piping in great shape, you reduce the chances of burst pipes and water damage.

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  • San Diego

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