Gurgling drain in sink or sink?
What helps against clogged pipes
Created: 11/28/2022, 10:11 am
By: Anne Hund
If you don't take the noise seriously, you risk expensive damage in the end.
Here are a few simple tips that you can implement quickly and easily.
Do you hear a gurgling noise coming from the drain of the sink or washbasin?
Not a good sign.
Because the gurgling indicates that the pipe is clogged.
The constriction can be caused by hair, leftover food, soap or other fatty deposits.
Due to the deposits, the exchange of water and air can no longer function properly.
To prevent the pipe from becoming completely clogged, you should quickly take countermeasures.
Otherwise it can be unpleasant and the repair can be expensive.
In the case of slight blockages, you can first try to pour in hot water and washing-up liquid or otherwise counteract the obstacle with mechanical means.
Is the drain easily clogged?
There are a few household tricks you can use in such cases.
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Dish soap trick can help
The trick even plumbers are said to use to unclog even the most stubborn clogs in the house's hidden plumbing system works like this: Pour half a bottle of dish soap straight down the sink drain.
Then close the drain with the associated stopper and fill the basin with hot water (wear thick rubber gloves if possible to avoid scalding).
Then loosen the stopper with a fork or tongs.
Result: The dirt in the pipe is loosened by the grease solvent and washed away by the water pressure.
However, it may take a few minutes for the plug to loosen and for the water to drain out again.
Clean the drain using home remedies: a mixture of baking soda and vinegar
In the case of slightly clogged casts, where the water can still drain off, there are other options: some home remedies are said to work wonders - for example, a mixture of baking soda (or baking powder) and vinegar should help to remove limescale or fat deposits inside to loosen the pipe.
However, you should be careful not to use too much of it so that the material is not attacked: pour three to four tablespoons of baking soda (or alternatively three to four tablespoons of baking powder) and half a cup of vinegar essence into the drain and leave to soak for several minutes and rinse with hot water after it has stopped bubbling.
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Plunger against grease residues in the drain
What can help in more stubborn cases?
Grease residue can then often be removed most easily with mechanical means, for example with a plunger.
Here's how it works: Fill the tank with water, then pull the plug.
You should make sure that the overflow remains closed and that no water escapes.
Then move the suction cup up and down over the cast.
This creates pressure, and often the obstruction can be quickly dislodged so that the water can drain normally again.
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If in doubt, ask a craftsman
If none of that helps and if the gurgling noise doesn't go away, you should better organize a craftsman if in doubt.
A specialist can see if he can unscrew and clean the siphon.