Cleaning the siphon: It’s that easy!

Einen Siphon zu reinigen ist gar nicht so schwer wie du vielleicht denkst! Lies hier, wie einfach du den Siphon selbst von Verstopfungen befreien kannst!

When the water in the sink or sink stops draining, it’s probably time for one siphon cleaning. This may sound complicated, but it’s actually quite simple. Read here how to best proceed to free the siphon again.

Most of the work will probably consist of getting to the siphon in the first place, because it is usually installed in base cabinets. That’s why it’s worth trying to clear the clogged drain with home remedies first.

Cleaning the siphon: Here’s how

If the deposits in the sink drain can no longer be removed using household remedies or mechanical methods, you can unscrew the siphon and clean it. All you need is rubber gloves (there are also natural rubber ones) and a bucket to catch water.

Time required for cleaning the siphon itself: 10 mins.

How to clean the siphon:

  1. Free up space under the siphon

    When rinsing, clear out the base cabinet so that a bucket can be placed under the siphon. In the case of a washbasin, either clear out the base cabinet as well or move the entire base cabinet away.

  2. place bucket

    Place the bucket under the siphon (see also below) to catch the remaining water from the pipes. So you don’t have to clean the entire base cabinet or floor.

  3. Unscrew siphon elements

    Screw on the screw element directly above the knee or bottle neck type element. As a rule, this works wonderfully without any additional tools; only with old, already corroded metal siphons it may be necessary in rare cases to help with a pipe wrench. Now also unscrew the first screw element behind this element.

  4. Clean siphon and pipes

    If you now remove the unscrewed middle part, you can probably already see all the hair, soap and other residues that have gotten stuck there. The deposits can usually be easily removed by hand (gloves prevent it from becoming too unhygienic). We recommend rinsing the middle part thoroughly with water after the rough cleaning. Also remove any debris from the pieces of pipe protruding from the sink or wall.

  5. Screw the siphon together, water test run

    Now reinsert the siphon and screw it tight the way it was removed: First connect one end firmly to the waste water pipe in the wall using the screw element, then the other end to the piece of pipe directly under the sink drain. To check that no gaskets have slipped and that the connections are watertight, run plenty of water and see if there are any drips. If so, loosen and tighten the screw connections again.Cleaning a siphon is not as difficult as you might think!  Read here how easy it is to unblock the siphon yourself! in a new tab)

The siphon is now cleaned and the water flows out quickly again.

The siphon – the ingeniously simple odor trap

as siphon is the connection between the sink drain and the waste water connection in the wall. The siphon usually has an element that is bent like a “U” (see cover image) or resembles a bottle (see instruction images).

In this element, which is the deepest, water collects. This intentionally built-in water barrier prevents unpleasant odors from the sewage pipe from rising up through the drain.

However, hair and deposits of dust, fluff, grease, leftover food and soap also tend to collect in this element, which can eventually lead to the water no longer draining off.

If you clean the siphon yourself, you have saved a lot of money on manual services and can completely do without aggressive cleaning agents from the trade.

How do you keep your drain clear? We look forward to your ideas and additions in the comments!

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