Non-Toxic Drain Cleaner

Non-Toxic Drain Cleaner

Clogged drains are big business. We spend 288 million dollars a year on drain cleaners and plenty more on plumbers. Consumer Reports tested a $20 device that promises to work without caustic chemicals or a costly plumber visit.
Clogged drains are big business. We spend 288 million dollars a year on drain cleaners and plenty more on plumbers. Consumer Reports tested a $20 device that promises to work without caustic chemicals or a costly plumber visit.

Professional plumbers get lots of frantic calls about clogged drains.

Lots of products promise to clear your pipes without having to call a plumber. But even though they contain harsh chemicals, Consumer Reports past tests have shown most aren't that effective. Even after half an hour, very little of the pipe opened up.

Now Consumer Reports has just tested a mechanical device that attaches to your faucet and uses pressurized water to clean your pipes. It's called Drain FX.

In its commercial, it claims it's effective at clearing all kinds of clogs.

Testers clogged pipes with things like fat, and human hair. Drain-FX worked pretty well. It cleared everything completely, except it only partially removed the clump of hair.

As a comparison, Consumer Reports also tried a three-dollar traditional plunger.

It worked, but took longer and required more effort.

Besides the 20-dollar version for sinks, Drain-FX has a Plus version for bathtubs and showers. It comes with a 15-foot hose extension and a special valve.

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