Published: Jul 15, 2014 7:51 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 30, 2014 12:15 PM EDT

Consumer Reports has tested a mechanical tool that fixes clogged drains affordably and without using harmful chemicals.

Between plumbers and drain cleaners that are purchased at the store, fixing a clogged drain can be expensive. In fact, shoppers spend $288 million every year on drain cleaners. Consumer Reports tested a mechanical device that is attached to a faucet and uses pressurized water to clean pipes. The product is called Drain FX.

Testers clogged pipes with fat and human hair. Video of the tests showed the device cleared the pipes; however, there were small clumps of hair still stuck. Testers then compared the device to a traditional plunge and found it was more effective with less work.

Drain FX is can be purchased for $20 or there is a 'Plus' version for showers and bathtubs that can be purchased for $40.