Table of contents:
- How can you prevent a blocked drain?
- Sink and hot water against a clogged drain
- Drain free with baking soda and vinegar
- Put some pressure on the Pömpel
- The spiral for stubbornly blocked drains
- If nothing works: remove the siphon
Video: Drain clogged? These home remedies help
If a drain is clogged, the chemistry club does not necessarily have to be here. With these home remedies, you can clean the drain naturally. And just as thoroughly as with aggressive cleaners.
Drains have to endure a lot. In addition to water, we wash down hair, soap, shampoo, washing-up liquid, leftovers, coffee grounds and tea leaves - and deposits almost always remain, preferably in the siphon. Proteins and fats from food, in particular, can stick to the pipe walls like paste, hold coarse dirt there and thus seal the pipes over time. At the end the drain is blocked, bad smells form and the water is in the pool.
So that it doesn't get as far as possible, simple preventive measures help. We have collected the best ones for you here.
How can you prevent a blocked drain?
Leftover food has no place in the sink. Breakfast roll crumbs and similar items can be easily disposed of in the trash can. If something ends up in the sink, a sieve in the drain prevents the particles and hair from disappearing into the pipe, thereby clogging the drain.
Inexpensive drainage screens are made of metal and plastic, in flat and deep versions and in all common diameters. They are simply placed on the drain valve from above and are easy to clean. Where no sieve fits, for example with drain valves with mushrooms or plugs, the locking mechanism usually has its own retention devices for coarse dirt, which you should clean regularly. A drain protected in this way usually only clogs after many years of use.
Small deposits of loosened contaminants cannot be completely avoided. Unpleasant smells are the first signs before the drain clogs up. You should then not go into the field with harsh cleaners or expensive chemicals: Such agents pollute the environment, are difficult to collect in sewage treatment plants and can attack the skin. In addition, they often develop vapors that irritate the eyes and respiratory tract.
Improperly used pipe cleaners can also make the problem worse. When used in time, gentle home remedies are sufficient to remove constipation. This protects the environment and the wallet.
Sink and hot water against a clogged drain
The simplest of all home remedies, especially when used regularly, helps to remove fat deposits in the pipe and eliminate odors: Put a shot glass full of detergent and a cup of boiling water in the sink and let the concentrate work for ten minutes. Then rinse thoroughly with water - done.
Drain free with baking soda and vinegar
Detergent is usually no longer sufficient if the drain is blocked. Another home remedy then clears the drain: baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) in conjunction with vinegar, better still vinegar essence, reacts violently in the drain with the strong development of carbon dioxide. The gas expands and the dirt loosens. Don't worry: the reaction products (water, CO 2, salt) are non-toxic.
Soda in conjunction with vinegar reacts in the drain under carbon dioxide. The gas expands and the dirt loosens.
You can get soda at the supermarket and drugstore, but it is also the main ingredient in baking soda. The application is simple: pour five tablespoons of soda powder and half a cup of vinegar into the drain. To ensure that the gas works optimally, seal the drain and overflow with a stopper and a cloth. If the noise in the pipe stops after a few minutes, the reaction is complete and you can rinse thoroughly with hot water. If necessary, repeat the procedure.
Put some pressure on the Pömpel
Due to the pumping movements of the bobble, the water in the pipe shoots back and forth and tears the dirt off the pipe walls.
/ Andrey Popov
The classic Pömpel, a rubber suction cup with a wooden handle, can be used alone, in preparation and according to home remedies. It works purely mechanically by applying pressure. That is why it is important to first seal the overflow from the sink or tub with a sponge or cloth as airtight as possible.
Then put the suction cup on the drain and press it down. The drain must be covered all around. Now let warm water run in until the bell is under water (if the dirty water is already in the pool, this part is omitted). Now raise the bell briefly until the water in the pipe is drawn up, and then move it up and down in rapid succession. The pump movements alternately generate overpressure and underpressure. As a result, the water in the pipe shoots back and forth and pulls the dirt off the pipe walls.
As the water in the pipe gradually drains away through pumping, the pumping effect becomes increasingly less. Then simply lift the Pömpel slightly, let the water flow from the basin into the pipe and continue pumping until the pipe is completely free again. In addition, you can then follow the tip with a dish or baking soda, then you will no longer have any problems with this drain.
The spiral for stubbornly blocked drains
Where the pressure of the bump no longer helps, the use of a spiral can make sense. Household models consist of a thin and flexible metal shaft of one to two meters in length, with a hand crank attached to one end and a drill head or brush at the other.
Thread the spiral through the drain into the pipe until you get clogged. Then turn the crank and move the spiral back and forth. Due to the mechanical action, the head bores through the deposited dirt and thus removes the blockage. The work can be sweaty and tedious, but is the last resort before removing the siphon.
If nothing works: remove the siphon
Solids are often deposited at the lowest point of the siphon. If you remove the siphon, these can also be easily removed.
Photo: Fotalia / Karepa
The siphon is the curved part of the drain pipe under the basin. Solids are easily deposited at the deepest point, but can also be easily removed if the siphon is removed. Attention: The siphon serves as an odor barrier in normal operation. The odor can be correspondingly intense if the drain is blocked and the siphon is removed.
Before disassembly, place a bucket or a tub under it, because there is always water in the siphon. Then loosen the knurled nuts with which the siphon is screwed: at the top it is attached to the straight pipe that comes out of the basin, in the direction of the wall it is connected to another pipe.
With careful turning and jerking movements, pull the siphon out of its counterparts. Once removed, scrub it thoroughly with a wire or bottle brush. It is also worth taking a look at the pipe in the wall: a plug could also block or narrow the drain.
With old and heavily encrusted siphons, cleaning may no longer be possible. Then an exchange is recommended. Modern models are particularly smooth-walled. This means that dirt no longer accumulates so quickly and with a little prevention you can rest for a long time before a blocked drain.