Review By Dean Bielanowski  Drano Website - http://www.drano.com

Drāno Max Gel Clog Remover

By Dean Bielanowski

Recently one of my bathroom sink drains began to slowly clog up. The water would not drain quickly and easily, and although I had noticed it for a few weeks prior, it didn't seem to be a problem. At least not something that would strongly remind me to pick up some drain cleaner when I was out shopping. Then over a period of a few days a few weeks later the sink started to clog really badly to the point where water would take several minutes to drain away. It was time to do something.

Firstly, I though the U-shaped pipe under the sink was probably clogged... a common problem with most sink drains over time. I disconnected it to check, and surprisingly it was quite clean. Uh oh, there was a blockage further down the pipe. Those can be troublesome and costly if a plumber needs to be called in. I thought I would try some drain cleaning products in the hope these would clear the blockage, wherever it was, and not need a plumber.

Now, when I went shopping I found may brands and types of cleaner, from liquids to gels to crystals. All claimed to be able to remove clogs and free up the drain for free flow once again. I decided on a satchel of drain cleaning crystals which claimed it could free up almost completely blocked drains, which is what I seemed to have.

After getting home and following the directions on the pack, I discovered the crystals really didn't do anything to clear the block I had. I was hoping it would be some tree root problems further down the drain pipe outside, but I knew there were no problematic trees anywhere near the pipes. So I was disappointed with the "Drain Kleen" brand crystals I purchased. They didnt seem to do much for my drain problem.

So back to the shops and this time I went for some Drano brand Max Gel in a bottle. I had used Drano liquid before with some success on another drain, but had never used the Gel form. Being a little dubious now, I reluctantly purchased a bottle hoping it would solve the problem second time around. Following the instructions, I added a whole bottle of Drano Max Gel to the sink as it was now nearly fully blocked and very slow draining. The Gel slowly seeped down the sink hole and I left it sit there for 30 minutes (which is recommended for tougher blockages). Thirty minutes later I crossed my fingers as I started to run the hot water down the tap (the next recommended step)...

Immediately I knew the Drano max Gel had done the job. The hot water, although only low pressure, was draining away down the sink hole very rapidly with no backfilling in the sink evidenced. I let the hot water run for a few minutes to completely flush the blockage away. Following that I decided a better test was in order. Off with the hot water and I ran the cold tap fully open at high pressure, and although the volume of water now running was much higher, the sink swallowed it all in record speed. The sink had never drained better since we purchased this 30 year old house two years ago.

So in the end, the Drano Max Gel product worked VERY well indeed and I am pleased as punch that a potential hefty plumbing bill was avoided. It certainly worked better than the other brand of crystals as the Gel is able to penetrate standing water much more effectively and essential seep right to the site of the blockage to take action. As I wasn't able to see what kind of blockage I was dealing with, whether it be hair, gunky stuff or soap scum etc, I was praying the Gel would at least do something. And of course it did the job as advertised on the packaging, which is more than I can say for the other product I tried.

Drano Max Gel will also not harm pipes (plastic, PVC, metal), garbage disposal units or septic systems. But I would be wearing gloves when using the gel to prevent any contact issues with skin.

Well done to SC Johnson, the manufacturer of Drano, for producing a product that actually does what it claims to do on the packaging (which can be a rare thing these days with many cleaning products). I will certainly be purchasing more Drano Max Gel in the future for slow running or blocked drains. They also sell a "Build-Up Remover" product designed as a maintenance product to prevent clogs in the first place. I haven't tried it yet but certainly will give it a go from now on and report back at a later date as to whether it works as well as their Max Gel product.

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