Unpleasant odors are never welcome. But it’s even worse when they come from a hidden place. Cleaning a stinky drain isn’t as easy as taking out the garbage or throwing out last-week leftovers, but it’s not too difficult. A common question we get is “Why does my drain smell? “
Depending on which drain is stinking up your house, the solution may be different. However, kitchen sinks tend to stink the most because of build-ups of food waste and bacteria. Some other possible causes are:
- Clogged or missing vent pipes
- Sewer gases
- Plumbing errors
- Sump pumps
- Grease fat
- Garbage disposals
When you first notice smelly drains, you should check to make sure the smell isn’t coming from the water itself. If your water has sulphates in it, there may be a rotten egg smell. In the occurrence that this is the case, call our plumbers at High Mark Plumbing to do a water quality check.
At the times where the kitchen sink is smelling, try soaking it in dish soap and water. To do this, plug your drain and fill it up halfway and add a tablespoon of soap. This will ensure that your actual sink basin is clean and not causing odors.
If you need to investigate the issue further, there are some other things you can do.
- Remove obstructions from the garburator. If you have a garbage disposal in your sink, make sure there isn’t any food or items causing a blockage and leaving food to build up.
- Pour boiling water and vinegar down the drain. To do this, pour half a pot of…