Dealing with stinky drainage
Drains can be stinky, and it could mean a bigger plumbing concern. (Photo Credits)
Smelling something resembling a sewage but cannot pinpoint where the stink is coming from? It could probably be one of the drains?
If it is it then, how should a homeowner deal with it?
Family Handyman came up with a comprehensive guide on smelly drains and sewers. In the initial part of their write up, they explained the possible reasons why some drains may stink. Plumbing Association of San Diego
“You have a water trap under a floor drain, laundry tub or wash basin that has dried out from lack of use. Water in any trap under unused drains will eventually evaporate. That would allow sewer gas to come up through the drain into the room. Solve that problem just by dumping a pitcherful of water into the drain to restore the trap water. If you follow that up by pouring a couple of tablespoons of cooking oil into the drain, a floating seal of oil will keep the water from evaporating so fast next time.”
The other possible reasons can be found here.
Deodorizing Smelly Drains
SF Gate came up with tips on how to deodorize stinky drains based on the possible reason for the smell. One of the ways they mentioned is eliminating odors that stink up the bathroom drains. A/C And HVAC
“Smells emanating from the bathroom sink could be the result of bacteria growth on hair, soap and other bathroom waste, and if so, cleaning the P-trap and pouring baking soda in the drain are effective cures. If the drain has the characteristic sulfurous smell that comes from a sewer, however, the cause and remedy are different. The vent servicing the bathroom drain – and perhaps other vents in the house as well – could be blocked, and negative pressure in the pipes has pulled water out of the bathroom sink trap. To fix this, you may have to go on the roof.”
Read about the other reasons here.
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Huffpost meanwhile shared to its readers ways on how to prevent smelly kitchen drains from happening. They provided an easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructional on how to maintain a clean and fresh smelling kitchen sink.
“It’s important to give your sink a clean-out every week, whether you have a garbage disposal or not. Follow these easy steps (if you don’t have a disposal, skip the last two), and your nose will thank you. Pour one cup baking soda and one cup white vinegar down the disposal. Let the mixture bubble for up to 10 minutes. Boil a kettle or pot of hot water. Pour water down the drain to flush out the baking soda and vinegar mixture. If you have a garbage disposal, fill the drain with two cups of ice and one cup salt. Turn on cold water, and run the disposal until the ice is gone. This will get gunk off the blades.”
Click here to check out the rest of their advice.
Drains should never smell awful, and if a homeowner is unsure as to how to go about getting rid of the foul odor, and it is always a best idea to hire a licensed plumbing contractor.
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