If the sewer is clogged, then it must be cleaned. It’s possible to clean the sewage system in various ways, it all depends on the cause of its clogging and the location of blockages.
Sewerage clogged, but not much …
Often, the sewerage is hammered “not much”. The water leaves, but slowly. If the water goes away, then this is a big deal! Here is an indicative list of actions in this case
- Check if it’s just a siphon under a plumbing fixture from which the water is badly drained. The siphon can be disassembled and rinsed. To do this, first place a bucket or bowl under it, and then untwist.
- If the case is clearly not in the siphon, then instead of plain water, pour boiling water into the canal with salt and baking soda. Hot water will melt the fats, which are most likely causing the congestion.
- Pour drain cleaner with an aggressive alkaline remedy. It’s better to apply special chemistry for cleaning of the sewerage on the basis of acid (sold in shops). It will destroy all organic matter and precipitation. The use of chemical agents for cleaning the sewage system, occasionally as a preventive measure, will help to avoid similar problems in the future. The main thing is not to overdo it and act in accordance with the instructions, so you don’t to damage the pipes and plumbing.
Chemicals for cleaning the sewer are not harmless because they contain aggressive substances. Before using, be sure to read the instructions and use protective equipment.
Water does not go away
A completely different situation arises if the water no longer flows into the sewer. Then the use of chemical drain cleaners is out of the question. After all, it acts by direct contact with the blockage. It isn’t necessary to use, and is even harmful. They can severely interfere with further work.
But there are options ….
If the toilet is clogged directly by some organic, then chemical agents can be used. Extra water from the toilet is scooped out and a special tool is poured into its place. If you can pump out or drain the water from the pipe – then you can do chemistry, but if the pipeline is full of water, then it will be useless.
When the water begins to leave after mechanical cleaning, then it is necessary to use chemical preparations in accordance with the instructions for use, so that the cleaning will be more effective.
If one branch is clogged – under the bathroom, sink, toilet…
The simplest mechanical way to clean the sewer is to create a hydro shock is with a plunger. By pressing the rubber end to the toilet outlet, the sink, the bathroom, you create a vacuum in the system. The clog, located near here, as a rule, is stirred, and washed off with water.
The main sewer pipe is clogged.
The plunger is usually not enough if the clogging occurred in the riser or in the external sewer. Use a cable for cleaning the sewerage comes into play, it can be purchased at the store. It is a flexible cable, with a tip on one side and a handle for rotation on the other. Put directly in a toilet bowl or in the undocked sewer. It’s better to work together with another person. One man pushes the cable, the other rotates the handle. The cable can break up the strongest clogs.
Caution: if the sewer pipes are made of plastic, then do not attempt to clean the sewer with a wire with a sharp end, because they can significantly damage the inside of pipes.
When selecting the cable for cleaning the sewer, take into account its stiffness and diameter. For the main pipes you need a hard and thick cable, and local branches of 50 mm you need a thin cable.
If this doesn’t help, then it’s time to call specialists to clean the sewerage. Good specialists have good equipment to get the job done. Now there are mobile high-pressure pumps for sewage cleaning. They destroy the congestion in the pipes with a water jet. There is also other equipment. In general, good luck in solving the issue!