Using Sulfuric Acid to unblock a drain.

Sulfuric Acid is a chemical that can unclog blockages in drain pipes.

Although the chemical itself is colorless, the cleaning products that you will find in hardware stores can vary in color. This is because many brands will mix the acid with other chemicals, such as foaming agents.

Most plumbers do not recommend using chemicals such as Sulfuric Acid to clean drains. This is because they can be dangerous to use. They can also cause damage to your drainage system.

In a lot of cases, they will also prove to be a complete waste of money.

The dangers of Sulfuric Acid.

Sulfuric Acid is very dangerous.

If you do not take the proper precautions while using it, you might blind yourself or give yourself chemical burns.

You must also be mindful of the fumes that it releases. If you inhale them, they can prove to be fatal.

When you pour Sulfuric Acid down a drain, it will react with the compounds that are clogging it. This reaction can produce a mixture of gases, such as Sulfur Dioxide and Hydrogen Sulfide.

In the past, people have died because they inhaled too many fumes while using Sulfuric Acid. These fumes can lead to tissue damage and life-threatening conditions such as pulmonary edema.

When you add this acid to water, an exothermic reaction will occur.

This can cause it to boil and spit, resulting in dangerous splashes.

This chemical is useful for unblocking drains because it can break down organic material. Unfortunately, many people seem to forget the fact that they are also made out of organic material.

Precautions to take when using Sulfuric Acid.

Long rubber gloves and safety goggles are a must. Do you really want to risk your eyesight because you were too lazy to purchase a pair of safety goggles?

You do not want to spend the rest of your life regretting a single splash of water.

Avoid the fumes.

All windows should be open. If you have extractor fans, make sure that they are on.

If possible, use a fan and face it towards the open window. By doing this, you can force the fumes out.

A respirator mask might also be needed, depending on the location and how difficult it is for the fumes to escape.

If you are unable to purchase a respirator mask, then you should hold your breath while you are pouring the acid.

Do not pour the entire bottle out at once.

When pouring the acid into a body of water, you should pour it slowly and follow the safety recommendations that are written on the bottle. A lot of these products will recommend that you pour 200ml at a time. They will also tell you to take a 30 second pause between each pour.

It is a bad idea to dump an entire bottle of acid into water.

Before pouring your bottle, make sure that you remove any excess water from the top of the blockage.

For example, if your sink drain is blocked, then you should remove any water from the basin so that you can pour the acid directly into the drain.

Generally speaking, you should not mix Sulfuric Acid with any other chemicals.

For instance, if you mix the acid with bleach, there is a possibility that you could inadvertently create chlorine gas.

Finally, please do not use industrial strength products inside of your home unless the packaging specifically tells you that it is OK to do so.

In other words, don’t pour an outside drain unblocker down your toilet.

Does it always work?

No. Although it is worth a try, Sulfuric Acid is useless against clogs that are too far away from the drain that you are pouring it into.

Sometimes, the blockage will be further away than you think. If the acid does manage to reach a blockage that is far away, it will probably be too diluted to remove it.

In cases like this, it might be tempting to pour more acid down the drain. However, this may damage your drainage system and still fail to work. It is also extremely dangerous.

In the end, you might spend more money on bottles of acid than the cost of calling out an experienced plumber.

How to dilute it.

If you pour too much Sulfuric Acid down your drain, you will be left with an acidic mess that smells like rotten eggs.

To dilute the acid and prevent damage, you should buy a box of baking soda and mix it with water. You should then pour this baking soda solution into the drain in question.

This works because baking soda is alkaline and can help to neutralize the acid.