It is very likely that if you are reading us it is because you have a jam in a pipe, if not, we will take the opportunity to remind you that a good maintenance of these will be the best way to prevent future obstructions, at the end of the article some tips.
In our centers we receive many inquiries regarding this issue, both from the domestic and the industrial sphere. It is very common to find this type of unpleasant situation, although in many of the occasions following the appropriate guidelines and with a minimal investment in materials we will be able to get out of them with ease.
The first thing will be to distinguish the two most common types of obstruction that we will find, this will be decisive when choosing one treatment or another.
Blockage in the drain:
Practically all the water elements in the bathroom and kitchen usually have a drain, this is the piece that collects the water and channels it to the pipes.
In this type of jams, the incidence normally occurs in the part of the siphon, this is responsible for avoiding bad odors and for not letting any solid matter pass into the pipes. Luckily, current drains are usually registrable in sinks, toilets, showers and bathtubs, if this is our case we are in luck, because with the help of a screwdriver we can disassemble the register and repair the damage, in case it does not have a registration it is I would try to disassemble the entire drain or apply the first two methods that we detail in this article.
Obstruction in pipes:
It may be because the siphon has not fulfilled its protection function and some solid has penetrated into them or perhaps the mineral salts of the water have formed scale … In any case, this will be the problem that we will pay more attention to today, since it is the most complicated to solve. The fact of not knowing exactly how far away the traffic jam is can complicate the task a bit, but by following these tips we will be able to get the job done.
Below we will propose a series of solutions and treatments, your choice will depend on the severity of the problem and the type of obstruction.
Minimal gravity, homemade solutions:
In the best of cases we will detect that the pipe is not totally obstructed when we see that, although in a small amount, the valve will assume part of the stagnant water, if so we will be in luck, since it is probably an excess of fat produced by remains of food or personal care products.
The first thing would be to try to pour plenty of very hot water over the drain in order to dissolve and melt that small blockage, the water should not be boiling if we are not sure that our pipes are current and are not weakened.
If once this is done, if we see that it does not work, there is another well-known home remedy that gives very good results and that we will always have it at hand, since they are common products in our daily lives.
Baking soda and vinegar:
The first step would be to remove as much of the water as possible with the help of a tool that we have at hand, once empty we will deposit a portion of sodium bicarbonate in the valve or drain.
Next we pour a couple of glasses of very hot water in order to accompany the bicarbonate to the rescue of our pipes, after a few minutes we will repeat the operation, but this time it will be only a portion of bicarbonate and its companion will be 1/2 glass of vinegar, pour the vinegar and immediately cover the drain to let these two effervescent products act.
Quiet even if you hear a lot of noise, these two combined products are not toxic, they are totally natural and do not pose any risk to health.
Once you stop hearing effervescence, it will be time to apply the rest of the hot water.
If we have been lucky … congratulations! But calm down, keep reading us …
Medium gravity, mechanical solutions:
The next step would be the use of hand tools, today we will talk about the three best known and that are always useful and recommended to have at home or in the business, as they are non-aggressive and highly effective methods for the problem at hand.
A manual plunger or plunger like the one in the photograph, would be the best known and most common tool.
Its use is very simple, it will be about placing the rubber surface on the drain and exerting energetic movements from top to bottom. Remember that if it is a washbasin or a sink, we must cover the overflow with an adhesive tape.
It would also be advisable to cover the suction cup with water for better execution of the movements.
- Hand Crank Plunger
- This is one of the most useful resources that we have in our centers and with which we are able to solve most of the domestic problems.
It is a fully flexible 3.5 meter cable with a crank on one end and a spiral brush on the other.
Its use is very simple:
We will remove the bowl or grid from the element to be unclogged or we will disassemble the siphon to act from there if we suspect that the problem comes from the pipe
Then we will introduce the cable into the pipe, the deeper we reach, the more difficult it will be to move forward, we can help ourselves by moving the crank until we reach the jam. for Drain Cleaning Services you can consult here
Once we reach the obstacle, we will try to pull it or try to undo it since it will probably be weak after having applied the bicarbonate, this will be achieved by turning the crank again.
We have this crank in stock and with the possibility of ordering different measures.
Compressed Air Cleaner:
This is a professional tool and for domestic use, it is efficient to unclog any type of pipe or siphon. Before using it, it is advisable to check the drain connections, tightening them if necessary so that the compressed air does not dismantle them.
Its use is simple, it involves preparing a small charge of air by means of the plunger, placing its end on the valve and firing on it.
It is advisable to leave the drain full of water for best results.
We have this plunger in stock and it comes equipped with a wide assortment of adapters to cover the different types of drain that are on the market.
High gravity, with pressurized water or chemical solution.