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Block in Kitchen sink

Hi All,

After a long search in the forum, I couldn't find a right answer.... So me starting a new thread.

Yesterday night there was a block in our kitchen sink. Inspite of being very careful in using, some how something (food items) slipped into it, making a mess. We removed the entire pipe below and cleaned. But still it is not working properly and what we guess is the block is in the end of the exit (i.e beyond the wall).

We tried cleaning our best (afraid of calling owner, as they may ask us to vaccate and it is Christmas time which is hard to find a new house). We poured "Bang" liquid for pushing off any left out. But some how I felt "Bang" is not that powerful.

So here are my questions and please kindly help.

1. Can any of you please suggest me something (liquids, chemicals) best to clean this kitchen block?
2. If we have to call a plumber, how much will it cost for such work?
3. If the owner comes to know this and ask us to vaccate, how much (just an approx is fine) will it cost to re-paint the house? (We have a kid and he made sure that we require painting while vaccating. Ours is a 2.5 shimmer)

Awaiting for your inputs
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Old 23.12.2008, 13:15
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Re: Block in Kitchen sink

I had quite a serious blockage (a commercial pipe-cleaning product actually made it worse) and we were told to go to a pharmacy to buy some kind of chemical. I don't know what it was, but it was in one of the more traditional pharmacies. It dissolved everything--I don't wanna know how! Otherwise, there's a really good product I bought at Coop: Rorax (green bottle). Good luck!

Also... you can buy little drain filters that catch all the food bits (and hair) and thus save you all the hassle next time. They're everywhere, Migros, Coop...
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Yes, go to the chemist and buy some strong stuff to unblock your sink. Just tell them the problem and they should be able to help you.
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Re: Block in Kitchen sink

Thank u so much and would be great if I can get the name of that chemical avail in pharmacy.
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Re: Block in Kitchen sink

Try having a look at this thread Bath Blockage you will find what you need there
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Re: Block in Kitchen sink

The Müller Rohrfrei in the Bath Blockage thread is definately worth a go.

I had the same problem (although in the bath), and nothing worked. Spent a fortune trying out all the expensive products, and in the end the one for CHF 2.50 did the job.
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Try this:
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Re: Block in Kitchen sink

hai, i also faced serious problem of sink blockage so i use POTZ-POWER GEL,from migros,it is very effective .
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So here are my questions and please kindly help.

1. Can any of you please suggest me something (liquids, chemicals) best to clean this kitchen block?
2. If we have to call a plumber, how much will it cost for such work?
3. If the owner comes to know this and ask us to vaccate, how much (just an approx is fine) will it cost to re-paint the house? (We have a kid and he made sure that we require painting while vaccating. Ours is a 2.5 shimmer)
The owner of your house won't ask you to leave because of a blocked drain. They also can't make you pay the full cost of repainting when you leave unless you damaged it.

1. Try inblocking it with a drain spiral available from Coop bau and hobby for around CHF 10
2. Don't touch any pipes under your sink. Even the smallest leak could cause water damage to your kitchen units. Tenants insurance doesn't cover this either.
3. If all else fails, call a plumber ASAP. You are going to need that sink a lot more in the next couple of days.
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Re: Block in Kitchen sink

Dear All,

Thank you so much for all your replies and helps.... All are worthy.... Since I got stuck with few other works, couldn't update you immediately.... I tried rorax from coop yesterday and thank GOD it saved me..... Thank you so much......
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Thank you so much for all your replies and helps.... All are worthy.... Since I got stuck with few other works, couldn't update you immediately.... I tried rorax from coop yesterday and thank GOD it saved me..... Thank you so much......
Try a plunger, if you haven't already. They can be rather effective!
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Re: Block in Kitchen sink

I am reopening this thread again, after a long time.

After my first experience with sink blockage, I was extremely careful that it didn't happen till 2 days before (and bad luck, we have only 20 more days left to vacate from here).

2 days before again it got blocked and I have know idea why or how. I tried rorax (3 bottles) and left for nearly 32 hours. But it didn't help. Before calling plumber or house owner, I thought of seeking help from here to know whether any other chemicals (specific name) available to dissolve this strong blockage?

Please please help.

Isambard Mews, could you please tell what this plungers mean?
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I am reopening this thread again, after a long time.

After my first experience with sink blockage, I was extremely careful that it didn't happen till 2 days before (and bad luck, we have only 20 more days left to vacate from here).

2 days before again it got blocked and I have know idea why or how. I tried rorax (3 bottles) and left for nearly 32 hours. But it didn't help. Before calling plumber or house owner, I thought of seeking help from here to know whether any other chemicals (specific name) available to dissolve this strong blockage?

Please please help.

Isambard Mews, could you please tell what this plungers mean?
You can use Potz Power gel from Migros, it works well when we have such a problem. Leave it for 6-8 hours and then use plunger, as suggested earlier. You can get it in Migros do it /Jumbo/Coop brico etc. Run hot water after that.

A plunger is :
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You can use Potz Power gel from Migros, it works well when we have such a problem. Leave it for 6-8 hours and then use plunger, as suggested earlier. You can get it in Migros do it /Jumbo/Coop brico etc. Run hot water after that.
Thanks zyxel. Actually I cleaned the entire U shape pipe and found nothing blocked there. It is somewhere beyond our reach (beyond the wall). Will the plunger help in this matter?
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Thanks zyxel. Actually I cleaned the entire U shape pipe and found nothing blocked there. It is somewhere beyond our reach (beyond the wall). Will the plunger help in this matter?
I doubt it will help. However, you can just use plunger without putting the liquid gel, if it doesn't work, it wouldn't cause any harm either.
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Re: Block in Kitchen sink

Yes it will probably,

otherwise get the snake...It looks lie a shower hose but it actaully a long metal cable that will push everything out.

Will work better than any product and will fix it guaranteed (as long as the block is not 10 m in...
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Thanks zyxel. Actually I cleaned the entire U shape pipe and found nothing blocked there. It is somewhere beyond our reach (beyond the wall). Will the plunger help in this matter?
if it's beyond the wall shouldn't it be the landlord responsibility to clean it? if the problem lies in the pipe after the junction with other flat's pipes it shouldn't be up to you to fix it... i think...
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Re: Block in Kitchen sink

Thank you so much dear all. I am actually jumping in happiness at this moment.

For the past two days, I was totally upset with this issue, as we have only 20 more days left to vacate and have lot of other works to do. Morning (i.e after 32 hours of rorax) when I poured water, it just stayed in the sink without any effect. So I opened EF searching for help.

Just few mins before, I heard a noise from the below apartment in the kitchen area. Few secs before, I heard a sound "dupppp" and all the water rushed down in the sink just like a miracle before my eyes.

Thank GOD. I can involve in rest of my works.

Thank you friends for all your kind and worthy responses
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Just few mins before, I heard a noise from the below apartment in the kitchen area. Few secs before, I heard a sound "dupppp" and all the water rushed down in the sink just like a miracle before my eyes.

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Damn Swiss neighbours eh? glad you're sorted, good luck with the move
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Re: Block in Kitchen sink

OK, this would be annoying to say while someone was struggling with the problem, but would it not be best in general to try the mechanical methods (plunger, snake) before pouring chemicals into the water? They are cheap, and usually effective.

My dear mother used to pour Drano into the drains every week, just like they recommended on the TeeVee,... a habit which turned out to be very expensive when some pipes eventually corroded through. I always thought of a plunger as some ancient artifact till I actually used one for the first time in my late teens. Now it is always the first thing I try, and it usually (OK, not always) works.
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