Siphon Blockage

BLOCKAGE OF SIPHON . The siphon is an extremely useful system of the sewer network. It works as a trap for the stench emanating from the waste water and sewage dirt and also as a trap for materials. It is somehow the insulation between the interior of the house and the sewer pipes. The mechanism of the siphon has the imaginary shape of the letter U, and this is because in this curve there is always a certain amount of water which acts as a barrier to odors from the drainage.

Siphon Mechanism

Each drainage point in the house has its siphon. Under the wash basin and sink you can see the siphons as separate systems while the basin siphon is at the bottom of it and is part of its construction. Floor drains are those round openings in the floor covered by a metal grate. We will find floor siphons in the toilets and on the balconies and this is because these are the parts of the buildings where the water flows on their surface.

Types of siphons

The siphon mechanism is found in multiple places in the house and there are different types depending on their use. Their common logic, however, is the U-shape in which there is always a sufficient amount of water to isolate the drainage from human contact.

What clogs siphons

Since the flow of water and sewage passes through siphons, it is normal for them to get clogged at some point, especially if they are not used well by humans. Depending on the location of the siphon, it can become clogged for various reasons.

Bath-shower siphon

Faucets in bathtubs and showers get clogged mainly by hair that falls out with the water when washing the hair. You could use a hair net but the hair will hardly find its way down the drain with the water.

Washbasin siphon

Here things are more complex as multiple materials fall into the sink in addition to shaving hair. When brushing the teeth in addition to the foams that go down the siphon, residues from the toothpaste remain in solid form and slide towards the siphon. Also moisturizers and face care creams add their own color to the added materials that burden the piping. Soaps in solid form leave visible bits that stick to various parts of the sink. Cotton traces from facial cleansers and makeup removers work additively over time on the clogs. The sink, as absurd as it may seem, is probably the most burdened point of materials involved in siphon clogging.

Sink siphon

In the kitchen the clog menu includes burnt oils from frying, fats and oils from food preparation. Also small pieces of tomato skins (potatoes, vegetables, fruits), breadcrumbs. And of course various leftovers from pasta and rice, coffee powder, tea leaves and drinks, etc. The sink list is long but with a little care and a net in the drain opening you can greatly reduce the chances of the siphon clogging the sink.

Bathroom floor siphon

The floor drain in the bathroom receives the dirty water from mopping and the water from washing that leaves the shower or bathtub. Possibly also some mud from shoes. Be that as it may, the floor siphon also passes all the water from the sink and the bathroom inside before going to the central drainage pipe of the house.

Roof and terrace floor siphon

The main enemy of roof and terrace drainage is leaves. These initially clog the iron filter that protects the siphon. They then crumble and fall into the siphon. Dust as well as potting soil is another contributing factor to siphon clogging.

Washing machine siphon

This point is the least vulnerable as the washing machine has a filter at the outlet of its dirty water. Of course, it is enough to clean the filter of the washing machine.

What you can do before you call us

You could try some simple ways to unclog a siphon, if you want to attempt it, before calling us.

Just hot water, for puris, fats and oils

Pour hot (not boiling) water, slowly so as not to overflow, and wait a few minutes. Repeat a few more times, if the clog is mild it will clear.

Hot water, with washing-up liquid for puris, fats and oils

Pour a spoonful of dishwashing liquid into a pot of hot (not boiling) water. Pour the mixture into the siphon hole, always slowly and watch for overflow. Wait a while and again pour a pot of plain hot water.

Baking soda with vinegar for puris, fats and oils

Pour a quarter cup of baking soda into the siphon, then pour another quarter cup of white vinegar. Let the mixture sit overnight. In the morning, pour warm tap water into the siphon.

Claw Claw and occluder for hair and small objects

This is an inexpensive stick-like tool with small hooks on the ends. Insert the plug claw into the siphon. When you find resistance pull it back slowly. The hooks on the stick will catch the hairs.

Siphon unclogging with suction cup for aggregates and small masses

The classic suction cup method is quite effective even for small aggregates of various materials. Cover the siphon opening completely so that no air can enter. Shake the suction cup with quick and sharp movements up and down at a height of no more than 3 cm. Repeat several times and test by pouring water if the siphon is unclogged. If everything goes well, you can pour enough water at the end to clean completely.

Siphon blockage by experts

We perform clogging of siphons with modern technological means and methods. Our technicians are experienced and specialized in blockages. We have a large fleet of manned vehicles equipped with special tools for even the most difficult blockages.

When you call us at our call center, a blockage expert will be ready to answer your questions and advise you on your immediate needs. Read below about the services we offer and the state-of-the-art equipment we have.

Siphon status check

First, our technician checks the current condition of the plug. What is the cause, what kind of blockage is it and where exactly. Decides the appropriate method of resolving the blockage depending on the diagnosis. Possibly with his knowledge and experience he can solve the problem immediately without the intervention of a specialized tool, if of course it is a superficial and mild blockage.

Our main concern is the safe application of the blockage so that no other problem is created and also to avoid any overflow of dirty water in your space.