Most of us have probably given up on a stubborn clog and gone out to buy some type of drain chemical at one point in our life. Unfortunately, this has multiple unwanted side effects. These strong chemicals can damage your pipes, causing leaks from corrosion and break apart seals. If you have a septic system, they can do much more damage there, killing the beneficial bacteria that break down the contents of your septic tank. On the other hand, if you are connected to the municipal water system, the chemicals can damage the environment.
Many times, clearing a clog is going to work much better without the use of chemicals, as long as you use the right method. If it is in the kitchen, it’s very likely that it consists of grease, so using hot water will melt it and clear it out. If you have have a clog in the bathroom, you might be able to dislodge it using a wire hanger, and many other clogs will come loose using a plunger.