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

    Kyle Lumsden