We vacuum, we start the washing machine, we disinfect the toilets ... and most of the time, we forget the pipes. Too bad, since maintaining and cleaning the pipes prevents bad odors, but also some heavy interventions and not frankly free in the event of congestion. Shall we take stock?
Avoid plugs in the pipes
The first smart reflex to avoid the formation of plugs? Simply collect the waste! Hair in the bathroom or leftover food in the kitchen can, in the long run, form plugs and encourage bad odors. We put a small sieve on the drain if there is none and we collect the waste, rather than letting it slip into the siphon. By the way, you never empty oil or fat in the sink, they could freeze in contact with cold water and create plugs. As for the plates, we scrape them over the trash before rinsing them!
Maintain pipes regularly
In terms of pipes, prevention is better than cure. Good reflexes? Boiling water is regularly run down the sink, it dissolves some grease such as leftover soap. It disinfects at the same time, and all for free. A glass of white vinegar in the siphon or the toilet also makes it possible to effectively clean the pipes and eliminate odors, again inexpensively. Even more practical, we prepare ice cubes of white vinegar: an ice cube in the sink every week, it's done! For a background treatment, pour a quarter of a glass of baking soda into the sink, shower or bathtub, before watering with a glass of white vinegar. Leave to act for about 15 minutes before rinsing. Many commercial products offer similar performance at three times the price ... And most of them use toxic products, as harmful to the environment as to health.
Unblock clogged pipes
Are the bad smells there, the pipes gurgling or the water already stagnating? We immediately plan the intervention before engorgement. The suction cup Ecological and economical, the suction cup does not work every time, but you lose nothing by trying. And it's hardly easier: after plugging the sink drain hole with a cloth, you position the suction cup above the siphon and pump, without removing the suction cup. The house recipe Again, efficiency not guaranteed, but the method is simple, inexpensive and non-polluting. A glass of baking soda, another of coarse salt and another of white vinegar are mixed, to be poured immediately into the pipes. Leave to act for 30 minutes before running boiling water. Soda crystals Attention, soda is irritating, gloves and long sleeves mandatory! To unclog the pipes, soda crystals are dissolved in lukewarm water before pouring everything into the siphon. Leave on for 30 minutes or overnight before running water. Chemical unblockers Commercial unblockers can be effective on plugs that refuse to drain, but it is better to reserve them in desperate situations: most of them are extremely toxic and polluting for the environment, in addition to being expensive .