the drain is clogged, what do i do?

If the drain is clogged, you can fix it yourself, or perhaps with some help from a roomie! 😃

Some tips:

  • First, try using a plunger to pump out the clog. Start by covering the drain hole under the faucet, with tape, for example. Then press the sink cleaner firmly over the drain hole. Half fill the sink with water and pump up and down with the plunger.
  • If the plunger doesn’t clear the clog, you may need to clear the sink trap that sits in the pipe under the sink. A tip is to place a bucket underneath so that water and dirt that is in the lock can drain into the bucket when you unscrew the lid. Remove any stuck-on dirt and flush with hot water before closing the sink trap again. Throw the waste in the garbage and pour the water down the toilet.
  • Remember! Do not pour cooking fat and oil down the sink. Dry frying pans thoroughly with paper towels and throw the paper in the garbage as food waste. In addition to reducing the risk of blockages in the drain, you contribute to the fact that the shortening can instead be reused for biogas production. For cooking oil, an alternative is to use an environmental funnel that is screwed onto a standard PET bottle and closed with a lid. Leftover cooled cooking oil is poured into the environmental funnel and into the bottle. When the bottle is full, the cooking oil is recycled according to the municipality’s guidelines.

Then it’s time to clean the floor drain. Start by removing the strainer on the floor drain and clean away hair and other things that can get stuck under the strainer. Then you lift the floor water trap and clean it. Remove hair and dirt from the floor drain that you dispose in the trash, then flush the floor drain with the shower. Put the insert back into the floor drain and put the strainer on. Finally, rinse with the shower to check that the stopper has released and to fill the floor water trap with water again.

Try using a plunger to dislodge the clog. Never flush anything other than toilet paper down the toilet. Other things can cause a blockage in the pipe or cause problems in the treatment plant or in nature.

Does the problem persist after you try to solve it on your own? Then you can file an error report. If it turns out, in connection with action by our staff, that the floor well or the sink trap needs to be cleaned, then you as a tenant have to pay the cost of the work.

If you have rising blockages in the drain ie. that the water continues to rise and does not flow down the drain even though you are not flushing in the faucet/shower and there may be a risk of water damage or personal injury. Then you should immediately contact your host so that the error can be fixed immediately. If a rising stop in the drain occurs after office hours, e.g. evenings and weekends, you can contact the emergency contact.