The Pipe Surgeon first learned plumbing at a vocational school. He then continued learning about the craft at his first job, later opening his own business. He knows everything there is to know about cleaning drains.
Most commercial drain cleaners have lye as the active ingredient. Lye dissolves hair and soap scums almost instantly. All you have to do is pour a few cups of a commercial cleaner down the drain, follow it with hot water, and you are done. This is an effective technique for keeping your drains clean and unclogging your sinks. However, too much of a strong cleaner can lead to potential problems. Most strong commercial drain cleaners are not safe for your pipes if used in large amounts. Make sure to read the instructions on the label and follow them carefully.
One of the easiest ways to unclog your waste drains is by using clean-outs, or access points on the waste drain line with removable caps. The National Plumbing Code states that clean-outs need to be placed at least every hundred linear feet of horizontal waste lines. The number of clean-outs is even higher when the bends of horizontal sections of pipes exceed 135 degrees.
Clean-outs in your home are located under sinks, sticking out of exterior walls, and randomly under the floor, but not hidden under the soil. If you know where the clean-outs are located in your home, you can use this knowledge to do easy waste line maintenance by yourself by using a pair of pliers or a wrench to remove the cover of a clean-out. Then use an auger to clear clogs.
It is always smart to have a professional such as the Pipe Surgeon to conduct regular inspections of your waste drains.