Are your pipes clogged in the sewer? 24gr – υδραυλικοί Αθήνα – advise you for 3 methods of unclogging the pipes in the sewer by professional plumbers. Learning a few different techniques will help you unblock even the most difficult drains.
Method 1 – Use of chemical solutions
1. Make your own mix of household items
Using vinegar, baking soda and water is an effective, environmentally friendly method of clogging your pipes.
Baking soda and hot water will loosen any buildup that clogs your waste pipe and the chemical reaction from the vinegar will expel the mud under the pipe.
- Start by pouring a pot of boiling water into the drain.
- After doing this, pour 1/2 cup baking soda into the tube and let it sit for 5 minutes.
- Follow this with a solution of 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup very hot water. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
- Pour another cup of boiling water into the drain to rinse off the foam that has been soaked in baking soda and vinegar.
2. Try liquid cleaners to clog your pipes
One of the most common ways to clean your sewer pipes is to buy a liquid sewer cleaner at your local store. These chemical solutions are often very effective, but can sometimes damage pipes if they are old or worn.
Instructions for these products are listed on the bottle, but you will usually use the entire bottle to unblock the immobilized tubes. The chemical solution should remain in place for a while, but be sure to rinse it with warm water before bathing or showering.
3. Use a powder solution to clean the waste pipes
Some people prefer to use powder-based cleaners as opposed to liquids, as they are less corrosive to pipes. Most of these powders contain the chemical sodium hydroxide, which works quickly to remove residues.
Because it works fast, the product does not have to stay in the clogged drain for a long time to be effective.
When using these products, allow the hot water to pass through the pipes for 1-2 minutes before pouring the powder into the drain. Use about 2 cups of powder (depending on the size of the drain) and let the powder sit for 2 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
4. Be careful when using chemicals
The chemicals work by dissolving the foam, hair and dirt that tends to clog the drains and pipes. Because of this, these chemicals are usually extremely corrosive and can be harmful to older pipes.
Be especially careful when handling these products, as they can sometimes irritate your skin. To be especially careful, handle these products while wearing rubber gloves.
Method 2 – Use tools to block drainage
1. Use a plunger
Using a plunger is a great way to clean clogged drain pipes – from your bathtub, your toilet, to your sink.
The pistons consist of a long, straight handle with a flexible rubber type mechanism attached at the bottom. The rubber part acts as a suction cup to remove any blockages and causes air and water to flow through the pipes.
If there is no static water in your bathtub or sink, add 2 to 3 inches of water. As you use the plunger, water will help to force whatever is blocking the duct.
- Seal any nearby ducts with a rag or plug before starting to immerse for extra pressure.
- Place the plunger over the drain hole and work the plunger handle repeatedly. Repeat this process a few times if your pipes are still draining slowly. After cleaning the blockage, run water to rinse the blockage residue.
- Do not use a plunger if you have recently spilled chemicals on the blocked duct. Using a plunger can cause the chemicals to peel off and stick to your skin.
2. Use a drainage snake
If your plunger does not clear the blockage, try using a drain snake. A drain snake is a long, flexible piece of steel attached to a handle used to detach the buildup that clogs the pipes.
A piece called a drill is located at the front end of a drain snake, this piece is usually spiral shaped.
They can be purchased at most hardware stores.
Feed the snake down the drain, drilling first with the drill. As you insert the drain snake, rotate it so that it can easily pass through the pipe. Once you have inserted the drain snake, slowly start pulling it back.
This technique should be able to disperse the debris that causes the blockage. You may need to repeat this a few times to ensure that your pipes are free of obstructions.
3. Make your own drain snake from a hanger
This is a great method to use if you do not have a plumber or drainer at home. Almost everyone can find a hanger somewhere in their closet, and that’s all you need to make your own drain snake. You may want to tape the hanger so that it does not scratch your toilet.
Disassemble a cable hanger by unscrewing the cable loop from the hanger hook. If the cord is extremely stiff, use pliers instead of your hands to loosen the wire. Straighten the hanger as much as possible, using pliers if you need help.
Fold 1/4 inch from one end of the hanger onto it to create a small hook. Use your pliers to fold and press the hook into place.
Slowly push the homemade snake hook into the tube, twisting the snake as it moves down. Once you have placed it to the end, slowly pull the snake. Repeat this until the blockage is removed.
Run hot water to rinse the clogging residue.
4. Try using high pressure drainage
High pressure pipes are devices that blow air into a drain to unplug it. To use it, insert the tip into the blocked duct and pump the device several times to release an air blast.
You can make a high pressure drain yourself or call a professional plumber who has the appropriate tools.
Method 3 – Clean the pipes
1. Locate the blockage
Is it in the outlet of waste pipes from the bathtub, toilet or maybe in the kitchen sink? Clogged waste pipes can be the result of a build-up of soap, hair, oil or kitchen waste. The P-trap (sometimes called the U-bend trap) is the part of the pipe that needs to be disconnected and cleaned.
2. Disconnect the U-trap of your pipe
P-traps (U-bend traps) are located under the sink and bath hole, and are located in the toilet tank. This waste pipe traps debris, prevents deep clogging in your plumbing system and stops dirty gases and odors from entering your home.
Place a bucket or large bowl under the U trap to catch the water that will run when you unscrew the hose.
To remove a U-trap, use a wrench to unscrew the tube retaining caps. Release the tube and discard the water and debris. Then rinse the U trap with warm water to remove any residue.
You can then use a cord or drain the snake to push away any debris that is blocking the actual pipe. Replace the hose and screw the caps in place.
3. Keep waste pipes clean
Prevention is better than cure, so take care of your tubes to prevent them from clogging. If you try to clean your trash every 1-2 weeks, they are less likely to form clogs.
Install filters on all your pipettes. These will prevent debris (such as hair, food, etc.) from entering your sewer pipes. Run a drain cleaner through your pipes every few weeks to prevent grease build-up. Run hot water after use to flush out excess debris.