When you have a tough clog, it can be tempting to use a chemical drain cleaner that guarantees to act as a quick fix that will clear out your pipes with in minutes. However, not only do these products not always work as advertised, but they can create more serious plumbing problems or even harm your health.

If clogs are far from the drain opening or if they are caused by a solid obstruction such as roots, using a chemical drain cleaner will not help, and you will, quite literally, be pouring money down the drain.

These products are typically made from corrosive or acidic elements and are very toxic, not only to you but the enviornment also. If they come in contact with the skin or the eyes, they can cause severe burns and vision loss; they can also cause inflammation of the respiratory system if inhaled. If other chemicals have recently been used in the drain, explosive chemical reactions can occur, causing serious injury to anyone nearby. Not only that, what they do to the enviornment.  Chemical acids corode and rot your pipes and can do great damage to your septic system and ground water.

If you use a chemical drain cleaner on a completely backed-up drain where the water is not draining at all, the chemicals can also corrode the outer plumbing fixture, such as the sink or tub, so use sparingly

Rather than using chemical products.  First try plunging the clog with a plunger.  Second try a natural, non-toxic solution of baking soda, vinegar with boiling water (I have used this and it does work).   Or enzymatic drain cleaner, these sometimes take a very long time to work and are expensive and need to be used repeatedly.  If all of the above don’t work, call your local drain cleaner and they can auger your drain with-in minutes.

Also, let your drain cleaner know if you’ve used a chemical drain cleaner so they can take the proper precuations.

Drain cleaning is a higher expense but there are no chemicals used and the drain is clear for good…..



Northeast Sewer & Drain Service

172 Flaggy Meadow Road
Gorham, ME 04038

24/7 Emergency (207) 651-6290

Office (207) 839-6839

Thank you, 2 small kids and no toilet is very inconvenient..Thank you for coming right away and fixing it.

– Julie T. 

Justin was courteous and very knowledgeable he worked quickly to get my problem fixed. Making this single mother of three relieved that a clogged toilet wasn’t the end of the world.

– Angela C. 

Thank you Justin for jetting the milk line at my farm in Gorham.

– Walter Young 

Thank you Northeast Sewer for fixing our drain problem with Aceto Construction, our closing went on as scheduled 🙂
Thanks again

– The Bachmans 

I am a first time homeowner and needed a new sewer line installed, heart stopping when I had no knowledge of such things. I called northeast sewer everyday for a week with questions and concerns. They televised my line and showed me exactly where the break was (pretty amazing) I could see it on the screen!! Fixed it in one day!!

– Teran

Justin and Kelly are the owners, and they could not have been better to work with. I had a 120 year old BRICK (yes, brick) sewer line collapse and they diagnosed the problem, involved the city and fixed it for less than I was expecting to pay. I learned that they own and operate their own excavating equipment which means jobs are done more quickly and less expensively than others. I am a raving fan, and have already referred them out.

– Matt Tasker  
Merchant Services

Thank you Ryan and Kelly for your help with my flooded basement. I am deaf and have a hard time communicating sometimes, but Kelly was able to communicate with me through text and e-mail Northeast Sewer figured out my problem and worked late into the night to corrected it, Thank you very much.

– Roseanne C. 
Cape Elizabeth

hired Northeast Sewer to inspect my main line with their sewer camera because our basement kept getting water. We had roots in our line. Northeast removed the roots put us on a yearly maintenance plan and we haven’t had a problem since. Thank you.

– Jeff C. 

I just wanted to compliment your plumber, Justin, who came to our home this evening. He was a professional and absolutely fantastic. He explained everything to us and fixed our problem efficiently and with accuracy. Thank you so much. We will look to you in the future for our sewer and drainage needs.

– Kelly and Beth Hoffman

I’m a widow living on a fixed income, Northeast Sewer & Drain not only charged a reasonable price, but gave me another 10% for being a Senior Citizen, I’ve told all my Senior friends.

– Helen W. (Age 70.) 

Thank you Northeast! We needed help on a Saturday afternoon and you answered your phone, & came quickly. Ryan was courteous & very knowledgeable. He was able to fix our problem very quickly too. You have great service, thanks again! 🙂 We are happy customer! Thank you Northeast Sewer…

– Gail M. 

I want to thank the 2 gentleman who came last Friday morning and fixed my downstairs’ toilet. They knew what they were doing, not like some so-called professionals. They let you know what was going on. Very pleasant people to have working at your house. If I have a similar problem next time, I’m going to call Northeast Sewer & Drain first!

– Ellen P. 

A great big thank you to Justin and Kelly Dearborn from Northeast Sewer & Drain Service for fixing the plumbing issues we had at our house yesterday. Despite Allen Heplers best efforts we needed to call in the professionals! Thanks for getting there so quickly, Justin and fixing our mess! Hey friends call them if you need some plumbing work. They are great!

– Christine Iaconeta Hepler 

Northeast Sewer & Drain replaced my crushed sewer line in one day, I was not inconvenienced at all. Reliable service at a price I could afford. Thanks!

– Bill M.