For years, drain unblocking products have generally had one principle ingredient, H2SO4, otherwise known as Sulfuric Acid.
In recent times, probably as a direct result of attacks using acid to do harm, the Home office have slowly and inexorably tightened controls over the sale and purchase of acid based products. In fact there is rumored legislation being drafted to ban the sale of Acid based cleaners and unblockers sometime in the next 12 months.
For a while now, one of the best and strongest drain unblockers currently on the market has been Rhino Drain Unblocker made by Kilrock Manufacturing, it contains close to 85% sulfuric acid and will literally eat through just about anything you may have stuck down your drain. This, however, causes a problem for Kilrock as the product will be banned under the rumored new legislation.
In order to address the problem, the big brains over at Kilrock came up with an alternative solution that did not impact the effectiveness of the unblocker but also does not use acid as it’s primary ingredient.
Still as effective as the acid based version but there is no acid used in its formulation. Instead it makes use of Sodium Hydroxide to dissolve the organic matter that causes the blockage in the drain. Sodium Hydroxide is one of those unobtrusive chemicals found in everyday objects like soap, air filters, cleaning agents and food preparation materials. It is more commonly known as caustic soda or lye.
While not based on an acid compound, it is recommended you take the same care when using it and always fully read the label before use.
If the legislation comes to pass, acid based products will become a thing of the past and it will be up to companies like Kilrock to come up with alternatives like this one to fill the gap.