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How to tell if your floor drain needs cleaning

Every house has a number of drains  –ΥΔΡΑΥΛΙΚΟΙ ΑΘΗΝΑ– that will eventually get clogged. After that, you will probably need a drain cleaning crew to have it cleaned and as good as new. What many people forget about though, is the floor drain in their bathroom or terraces that can be easily clogged and create a series of issues.

Unpleasant odors

One of the first signs that you will see when your bathroom floor drain is clogged, are generally the unpleasant odors that are coming from down there. You could have already noticed something like this in your house. Odors that you notice in the kitchen might be coming from the buildup of food scraps that are being collected in your kitchen drain.

In your bathroom things can be different. The strong odors might be coming from the sink drain and they are probably that strong because of the product buildup. Apart from that, they could also be coming from the floor drain- which is also known as “siphon”. If this is the case with your bathroom, you will immediately need to to take action and clean it because it could be the cause of further problems.

Slow draining in your sinks and bathtub

Another crucial sign that will alert you that your siphon needs cleaning is the slow draining performance of your sinks and bathtub drain. To help you understand what we are talking about, open your faucet and wait. If the water runs down without any obstacles then you are fine.

If though the water remains stagnant and is going down through your pipes extremely slowly -or not at all- then your sink is in the verge of a clog. Dealing with this immediately will help you avoid any further issues.

Consequences of a clogged floor drain

A dirty or clogged siphon that is not cleaned properly could cause a series of problems. First of all, a clog in your bathroom floor drain could cause a general clog in the draining system. When the pipes are covered in product buildup, either in one of your sinks or in all of them, this does not mean that the issue is contained to the pipes. More than one sink or bath tub could be facing the same problem at once!

A drain or a floor siphon that is not treated and cleaned properly could also cause overflow. Either the toilet bowl or the bathtub and the sinks, an overflow is one of the worst things that you could be having in your house or business, as it happens without a warning.

Ian overflow can create a big mess and will probably put you in a state of discomfort as you will need to close the central water supply leaving your family or clients without water for a couple of hours.

The last thing that an uncleaned or clogged siphon could cause, would be a pipe burst or a leak. Due to the pressure that the buildup is putting to your pipes and the products that are blocking the normal function of the plumbing system, a leak or a pipe burst could suddenly occur!

How to clean your bathroom floor siphon

Cleaning your siphon can sound simple to some people and complicated to some other. The truth is that it is not that easy to clean your siphon. You will need to follow a couple of steps and use the suitable cleaning supplies to make it as good as new. After that, we promise you that you will never sense odors or experience clogs any time soon!

To clean the floor siphon or drain you will need a couple of things from your kitchen; baking soda, vinegar and hot water. Pour baking soda in your drain and top it off with approximately one cup of vinegar. Let the reaction between the two ingredients happen and after 10 minutes rinse the sink with hot water. This procedure will remove any minor build up from your pipes and of course -due to the baking soda- the foul odors.

The same mixture can be used to your bath tub and shower drains too. Before applying the mixture, you would need to remove any hair or other products that are visibly blocking your sink and maybe dig a little bit into the drain with your hands to remove as much product as possible. If you do this, the baking soda and vinegar mixture will work better.

Another method you could use is the following. After you open the drain cap from the floor drain, pour some water to clean any visible dirt. After doing that, you should take out any hair or other materials that have got caught up in the drain to make the cleaning procedure easier.

Then, you need to pour a generous cup of baking soda in the drain and after that, a full cup of vinegar. With an old toothbrush, scrub any build up for some minutes. Let it sit for some time and then rinse it with hot water. When it is all nice and clean, you can pour a cup of fabric detergent and keep using the toothbrush to get it even cleaner. Rinse once more and add a cup of baking soda in the drain leaving it overnight to absorb any foul odors.

How often do you have to clean your bathroom floor siphon?

This is a very important question and it really depends on many factors that we are going to talk about. You know the saying “it is better to be safe than sorry”? We would suggest that you clean your drains as often as you can or like. A clean and buildup-free drain is less likely to get damaged or clogged so follow our directions:

You can repeat the cleaning process that we talked about earlier every three to six months so that you ensure that your system is safe from clogs!

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