CLOGGED DRAINS ARE BIG BUSINESS.
WE SPEND 288 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR ON DRAIN CLEANERS
AND PLENTY MORE ON PLUMBERS.
MICHELLE LI TEAMED UP WITH CONSUMER REPORTS.
TO FIND OUT IF A 20-DOLLAR DEVICE THAT PROMISES TO
WORK WITHOUT CAUSTIC CHEMICALS.
Professional plumbers get lots of frantic calls about
Mid-Hudson Plumbing Services
SOT: Matt Pillius
By the time we get calls from consumers with drain
problems, they're already at
the point of total frustration.
They've done all the things they thought they could
do on their own.
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
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.
CHYRON: TV Commercial
In its commercial, it claims it's effective at clearing
all kinds of clogs.
No tools, no chemicals, no mess and no need to call
Testers clogged pipes with things like fat, and human
Drain-FX worked pretty well.
It cleared everything completely, except it only partially
removed the clump of hair.
The faucet has to have a removable aerator, which
But if your drain has small openings, you may have
to take it apart to get the tube down the drain.
As a comparison, Consumer Reports also tried a three-dollar
It worked, but took longer and required more effort.
This is Sue LaColla.
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
WE'RE ON YOUR SIDE, MICHELLE LI WISCTV NEWS 3.