Remains of food in the sinks when washing the dishes, wipes and toilet paper that we pour into the toilets, hair that, when we comb our hair or shower, end up being swallowed by the drain of sinks and showers … With use, and above all, With a lack of care, the pipes sometimes get clogged causing bad odors, and generating annoying and unsanitary water clogs.
How to solve the problem? Sometimes, if the obstruction is not very serious, it is not necessary to notify a company of unblocking or to have the services of a plumber, we can fix it at home easily and with products that are quick to find. But the first thing is to know how to prevent.
Avoid a clogged pipes Do not let food scraps pass. Throw food scraps off the dishes before putting them in the sink.
Do not throw non-degradable paper into the toilet.
Do not throw the oil from the cans into the sink, better pour it into containers and throw them away or a clean point, since a film is created that makes the food remains more clogged.
Once a week, pour a pot of boiling water down the sink to melt accumulated fat and prevent clogging.
Plunger The star method for minor clogs. Fill the sink a little with water, put the plunger in the drain hole and press to pump.
Baking soda and vinegar
Baking soda and vinegar A classic and effective trick. Pour half a glass of baking soda and then a half of white vinegar down the sink or sink. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes (you will see a lot of bubbles), and then throw a pot of boiling water through the same hole. Repeat the process as many times as necessary.
Chemical products You can help yourself with specific products to clean the pipes, such as caustic soda or hydrochloric acid. There you must follow the manufacturer’s instructions step by step, since they are usually dangerous products. NEVER add caustic soda at the same time. It is best to leave the product of your choice to act overnight, without adding water.
Hanger or wire:
Hanger or wire Another trick that is often used a lot is to take a wire or a thin hanger (better if it ends in a U-shape) and put them down the drain to try to catch the hairs that leak when we shower.
Cleaning the siphon:
Cleaning the siphon Drain siphons have a thread and are very easy to clean. Turn off the tap water and put a bucket under the siphon. When you unscrew, all the water and accumulated dirt will fall. Screw it back in and you’re done.
If after trying these homemade tricks, you still have problems with clogged pipes and drains, it is best to contact a qualified professional, be it a plumber or a cleaning company to solve the problem.