So your drain seems to be draining slowly and you don’t want to call a plumber or worse yet, rent a snake and clear the line yourself. So every wants to know is it safe to use a chemical like drain X or liquid plumber. First & foremost think green. The best solutions for this type of drain clearing are natural enzymes. They of course are environmentally safe and they do no damage to your pipes.
The enzymes are living bacteria that coats the whole pipe. Most chemicals will only coat half the pipe. Using the natural enzymes at night right before you go to bed will allow the bacteria to clean your pipes all night while you sleep. If you decide to use a chemical drain clearing agent be sure to wear rubber gloves and eye protection. Avoid splashing by pouring recommended amounts into disposable plastic cup and pour directly into drain no more than a few inches above. Never use a plunger to assist the chemical drain clearing agent. Avoid using a chemical cleaner in your garbage disposal. The chemical will damage and rust the inside of your garbage disposal.
If your drain is not draining at all or the sink or tub is filled with water do not use a chemical cleaner. It will not clear the drain and you create another problem, how to get rid of the caustic water. Be sure to read all labels and understand there are several different types of chemicals used in drain clearing. Some dissolve soap, some work on hair and others are designed to cut grease.
However you decide to tackle your slow moving drains, remember the chemicals are a Plumbers best friend. The more you use them the more damage you do to your pipes and the more plumbing repairs we have!