You should clean the plumbing lines approximately every 18 to 22 months. If you already have this type of cleaning schedule and have problems with your plumbing, you may need to call a plumber and schedule a pipe inspection. In general, plumbers say that the best way to clean clogged drains is by mechanical means (submerging and winding) and a little hot water. Stay away from chemical cleaners, as they can damage pipes and are dangerous to humans.
You should clean your pipes regularly. Allowing blockages to become a chronic problem places a heavy burden on pipes. Pipes will have a much greater risk of leaking or of breaking when they become clogged. Vinegar and baking soda are a popular, natural solution for breaking up calcium deposits in pipes.
Use a couple gallons of vinegar and a few cups of baking soda and mix in a homemade drain cleaner. Not all plumbers have the equipment to clean major sewer lines. Look for a sewer cleaning plumber who offers this service and they will have specialized equipment that can help you. Ask the plumber you hire what the process will be and how long it will take.
Plumbers recommend using bleach to clean and deodorize the drain once a month instead of baking soda and vinegar. Pour up to ¾ cup of bleach into each drain once a month and it will kill the bacteria and germs that have accumulated in them. However, bursting that toothpaste and hair blockage won't help with that problem. If cleaning the water pipes and decalcifying the pipes doesn't work, you may need to disassemble the pipes to immerse them in the cleaning solution.
If your pipes are older and heavily corroded, they can corrode corrosion, so instead of a slow flow due to calcium buildup, you could end up with a hole in the pipe and, subsequently, a leak. Another sign of a partial blockage in drain pipes is the presence of a tapping or gurgling sound that comes from the pipes as water passes through them. Irregular gurgling means that there is an obstruction in the pipes that prevents the smooth flow of air through the pipes. You can also try placing a frothy mixture of equal parts of baking soda and vinegar in the pipes to provide a natural way to remove blockages and not damage the pipes.
Cleaning drain pipes can be difficult because you can't reach the inside of the pipe to clean it manually.