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Plumber needed Zug

I have a towel rail and a pop up plug that both have ceased to work. Although the appt is just over a year old the building company have refused to answer e mails and calls. Does anyone know an english speaking plumber near Zug?
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Re: Plumber needed Zug

Resurrecting this old thread as I need a plumber for the Zug area, a kitchen sink is completely blocked and I tried everything without results.

Can someone recommend one?
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Resurrecting this old thread as I need a plumber for the Zug area, a kitchen sink is completely blocked and I tried everything without results.

Can someone recommend one?
Probably going to be pretty expensive at this time and day.

Define "everything", perhaps we can get you dribbling through until Monday.
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Re: Plumber needed Zug

It's ok I can wait until tomorrow to call him, it's not that urgent.

What I tried:

1) Took out all the plastic pipes under the sink and all the way to my kitchen wall and cleaned the grease out of them.
2) Bought this chemical that I poured inside the sink and melts all the obstacles. Followed instructions to insert, leave for 30 minutes and let boiling water run for 1-2 minutes.
3) Bought air pressurised cans and used 2 of them to unblock the pipes.

All three steps within 2 days, seemed to make a bit of a difference at first but I now suspect the problem is not with me but way further down the pipes.

So he needs to bring this machine with a rotating head wire that goes all the way in and pierces through everything until it reaches the bottom.
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Old 18.09.2016, 17:46
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It's ok I can wait until tomorrow to call him, it's not that urgent.

What I tried:

1) Took out all the plastic pipes under the sink and all the way to my kitchen wall and cleaned the grease out of them.
2) Bought this chemical that I poured inside the sink and melts all the obstacles. Followed instructions to insert, leave for 30 minutes and let boiling water run for 1-2 minutes.
3) Bought air pressurised cans and used 2 of them to unblock the pipes.

All three steps within 2 days, seemed to make a bit of a difference at first but I now suspect the problem is not with me but way further down the pipes.

So he needs to bring this machine with a rotating head wire that goes all the way in and pierces through everything until it reaches the bottom.
Sounds about right. If you've cleaned out the P trap, and tried chemical warfare then it usually requires a snake.

You don't happen to be feeding a baby with formula/milk, and throwing a lot down the drain do you? It is generally better to use the toilets for that.

Single story apt, or multi story house/apt?
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Re: Plumber needed Zug

No nothing like, usual usage. My dishwasher is connected to that and every time it starts the sink gets filled with water which then slowly goes away.

But we do cook a lot, lots of cooking material will find its way down. We do have 2 filters but things do get in occasionally.

It's a building with 3 floors, on apartment on each I am on the middle. So it could well be that the guy above me shoves everything into his sink or the guy below me. I suspect all 3 apartments would end in a common pipe at some point.

The snake seems like the best approach.

Any idea how much it's going to set me back?
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No nothing like, usual usage. My dishwasher is connected to that and every time it starts the sink gets filled with water which then slowly goes away.

But we do cook a lot, lots of cooking material will find its way down. We do have 2 filters but things do get in occasionally.

It's a building with 3 floors, on apartment on each I am on the middle. So it could well be that the guy above me shoves everything into his sink or the guy below me. I suspect all 3 apartments would end in a common pipe at some point.

The snake seems like the best approach.

Any idea how much it's going to set me back?
No idea. Something in the order of 150-200CHF/h for Monday, twice that for a Sunday I would think. Certainly more than buying a snake at the baucenter (15-35CHF).

If it is a longstanding issue and you really haven't been shredding your newspapers and stuffing them down the sink, and you (or the other renters) have ever reported it to the landlord then you may not have to cover the cost.

In an old house which has been converted to apartments it is not unusual to have a narrow pipe with very little draft angle from the kitchen sink to the main fall tube where the toilet is.

Call the Hauswart or Landlord, they may just come by with a snake, or tell you to call their preferred plumber or Rohrmax or such on Monday.
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Re: Plumber needed Zug

Should I attempt to buy a snake and do this myself? I have the suspicion it will happen again as the landlord already said they used to do this every year and it's a cost I need to cover.

It's also a useful skill to have

If yes, how is this thing called in German?

150-200 for a plumber isn't much but if I have to call him every 12 months it adds up I guess.
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...the landlord already said they used to do this every year and it's a cost I need to cover...
If it's something the landlord has done previously, why is he now slacking the expense off to you? At the very least everyone on the same pipe should chip in, because it's probably a combo of all your stuff.

Regarding the kitchen grease and cooking material, you can minimize it by making sure you pour any drippings/fat onto a plate to cool, and then scraping the hardened fat into the trash. Same with scraping plates before putting into the dishwasher. There are products that help dissolve fats of course, but the less you put into the pipes the better.
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Should I attempt to buy a snake and do this myself? I have the suspicion it will happen again as the landlord already said they used to do this every year and it's a cost I need to cover.

It's also a useful skill to have

If yes, how is this thing called in German?

150-200 for a plumber isn't much but if I have to call him every 12 months it adds up I guess.
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Half a bottle of liquid drain cleaner & 2l of hot water before going to bed every 2nd month will usually make a difference.
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...Half a bottle of liquid drain cleaner & 2l of hot water before going to bed every 2nd month will usually make a difference.
Provided you put it down the drain, not down your throat. Phrasing counts.
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Provided you put it down the drain, not down your throat. Phrasing counts.
I stand cleared.

The point is to get the drain cleaner out of the P trap and into the section of pipe where the fat/material is collecting and let it work overnight.
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Re: Plumber needed Zug

Drain clogged - Need plumbing advice

I unclogged my sink by dumping rohrvit (pink bottle) down it and unscrewing the siphon, cleaning that out with bleach and then plunging. See thread/post linked above for further info.

A plumber would've been a waste of money in my case. How are the siphons connected in your place?

As for cleaning the place where the fat is accumulating, that was a location where the rohrvit wouldn't stay put in my place either - as can be seen in the linked post, I solved it by sticking bleach-soaked rags into the pipe. Worked like a charm!

To get the cleaner out of a place to be able to clean it, perhaps putting rags in there to soak up the cleaner, followed by bleach-soaked rags to clean, could help.



As I see you seem to have done the above - check your lease contract, it should state up to which point you as a tenant are responsible for cleaning the siphon etc. (normally that would be the "Hauptleitung" (main pipe).

Anything which is faulty in the Hauptleitung (assuming it is said that you need to clean the siphon UP TO that point) is not your problem but the landlord's.

Also, anything that cannot be done without a professional's help HAS to be covered 100% by the landlord.
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Re: Plumber needed Zug

I bought the snake thing at Migros for not much at all. I would give that a go first.
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