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Do Your Drains Smell Bad? Here’s Why

Posted at February 10, 2016 | By : | Categories : Air Conditioner,Drain Cleaning | Drain Repair,Hot Water Heaters | Comments Off on Do Your Drains Smell Bad? Here’s Why

You’ve just finished dinner, washed the dishes, and disinfected the counter tops. But something still stinks, so you give the stove and the sink a good scrub down as well, just for good measure. Something still stinks – and you think it’s the drain. What do you do now? (Hint: don’t reach for a chemical drain cleaner. That stuff is terrible for your pipes and the environment – you will find yourself paying for it in the long run, and not just in karma.)

Possible Causes

  • Drains need regular maintenance to keep them running properly. Get a plumber to check if your vent and P-trap are functioning properly. There could be a problem with the way your overflow is handled, or sewage gases could be escaping from your drain.
  • You may have poured something down the drain that is stuck on the sides. If bacteria are growing, that could be what you are smelling.
  • This could be a clog that is starting to make itself noticed. Call us before it gets any worse.
  • Fixes

  • To prevent the bad odors from invading your home again, use drain screens. This prevents pesky particulates from going down your drain and fermenting.
  • Pour boiling water down your drain once a week. It’s an easy routine to get into, and it will save you so much trouble in the long run.
  • Be aware of what you pour down your drain and ensure that everyone in your household is up-to-date on what is acceptable to pour down the sink. Avoid chemicals, grease, and glue.
  • Does the drain smell like rotten eggs? This could be a sulfur problem. Contact your water service provider or a well technician to investigate further.
  • Regular plumbing maintenance can prevent this from being a problem in the future. Call the experts at ClearView today to book an annual check-up.

    Written by Kyle Lumsden

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