Chemical drain cleaners may seem like an easy way to clear clogs, but they can really can damage your pipes over time, leading to costly repairs. They also can be toxic to wildlife and pollute waterways when they wash down the drain. Instead of using chemical cleaners, consider opting for a chemical-free solution with an enzyme cleaner or drain auger.
Enzyme cleaners are made with natural, biodegradable ingredients that break down organic matter just as well as chemical drain cleaners, however, they're safe for your pipes and the environment.
A drain auger, also known as a "plumbing snake", is another tool that can be used to physically remove blockages from your clogged pipes. It works by using a long, flexible wire with an auger or spiral tip to break up and remove the clog.