How to get rid of smelly drains
- Published: Jun 02/2020
- Last update: May 19/2023
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It is quite an unpleasant surprise to walk into your kitchen or bathroom and get hit by a nasty smell coming from the drains. While running the water for several minutes fixes the problem, every once in a while you have to get down and dirty to clean those drains.
So, if you:
Then read along!
It’s really easy for your kitchen sink to develop a bad odor, with all the food particles which go and get stuck inside the drain. Fortunately, there is an eco-friendly method of how to remove odor from the kitchen sink.
You probably already have baking soda and white vinegar at home. An alternative to white vinegar is lemon juice. Combine them with some hot boiling water and that smelly drain should become a thing of the past. Here is how to do it.
The hotter the water, the better, as it will kill more bacteria. That doesn’t mean boiling water, however, as it can warp and damage your pipes.
You need to clean the disposal blades of any old, rotting food particles. You will only need two ingredients: ice cubes and coarse salt.
These ice particles will knock off any food leftovers, while the salt scrubs the blades. You can also add some lemon peels for freshness. You can use this method or the one for sinks without waste disposal units. As long as you manage to clear out the smell from the drain, the method which gets results is the right one.
There are several solutions to this problem, depending on the type of smell you sense.
Mildew loves dark and damp places, that’s why your sink pipes make the perfect habitat. Once the spores inside develop, they will clog the drains and release a foul odor. Fortunately there is an eco-friendly way to tackle the problem. Ingredients you need beforehand: distilled white vinegar, baking soda, hot water and an old toothbrush.
Repeat the process if necessary. If it so happens that the smell disappears, but then returns after a short while, you may have a more serious mould problem.
If your bathroom smells like sewage or rotten eggs after a shower, then you probably have either of these two problems: biofilm from a clogged drain or sewer gas escaping from the P-trap.
Run some water into your shower. If the drainage is slow, there’s definitely a layer of decomposing debris inside. To remove the biofilm from the drain shower, use the following method:
If you don’t have a slow drain, then that means sewer gas is escaping through the pipes. Check the shower drain to make sure there’s no sewer back up. All you need to do is point a flashlight into the drain to inspect it. Run the water to be sure you’re not experiencing back up. Another explanation is loose pipes or caps. Sewer gas may enter your home through small holes from loosened pipes.
Fantastic Services can fix this problem!
If you feel this task is overwhelming and you can’t seem to eradicate the cause of the bad smell coming from your drains, then we suggest you get in touch with us. Fantastic Services works with well-trained technicians who are adaptable and fully equipped for any plumbing situation.
Our London plumbing services will give you back your peace of mind and the bad drain smell will become a thing of the past. It’s very easy to make a booking, just use our online form and choose the date and time that suits you best.
Have you encountered smelly drains before? How did you fix them back then? Do share your experience and opinion in the comment section.
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