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How to Get Rid of Smelly Drains

Get a better understanding of some of the causes of a smelly drain and how to get rid of smelly drains around your home in this blog.

You're sure your imagination isn't playing tricks on you. There's a foul odour following you, and you know it's not just your nose. 

But you can't figure out where it's coming from. Is it from your bathroom? Is your kitchen sink getting a little funky? Or is it your garbage - the ghost smell still lingers even after you've thrown them out? 

It could be a blocked drain.

Grab a cuppa - better hold that thought while we explore why your drains can smell. This isn't for the faint of heart, after all. 


Smelly Drains


What causes smelly drains?


1. Blockage

A cause of smelly drains can be a blockage in the pipes. Over time, your drain will be getting its fair share of food, grease, hair, and even toothpaste being flushed down it. Food like fish, egg and tuna are the prime culprits that can make your kitchen drain smelly. 

You can try a few DIY drains unblocking ideas, such as using an unwired coat hanger to move anything out of the way.

To ensure your drain is appropriately cleared, contact your trusty local plumber to investigate and unclog your drains for you. A plumber will have drain cleaners that'll help leave your drain smelling fresh.


2. Bacteria

With the blockage comes the bacteria. Some food items can get stuck in the pipes, and this debris and food residue can build up over time.  They will eventually rot. And rotten food starts to become pungent due to the growth of spoilage microbes such as bacteria, yeasts and mould. The foul smell can be chemicals released from the food as the microbes decompose or chemicals produced by the microbes themselves.

Moulds give off musty, earthy aromas like an old basement when decomposing food. Some yeasts produce sulphur compounds that resemble human flatulence.

Mix baking soda and vinegar in a cup and pour it slowly down the drain. You can also use boiling water to kill the growing bacteria and loosen any object stuck in there.


3. Mould

Nasty mould will start to grow if there is even a tiny leak in the pipework underneath your sink.

The smell of the mould and mildew will rise, and a very unpleasant odour will start. Make sure you're checking your fittings regularly for leaks.

If you do notice a water leak from taps or pipes, contact a licensed plumber, and they will be able to get any leak sorted out for you.

Ask your plumber to conduct a safe plumbing inspection for all your fittings to ensure everything is working up to scratch.


4. Sewer Smell

If the odour coming from your drain smells like it's a sewer, then it most probably is coming from your sewer drain.

Only a licensed plumber will be able to check your sewer drain for any issues, such as a leak or a crack in the pipe or problems with the P trap or vent.

Your blocked drain expert can use the necessary tools to examine your sewer thoroughly and determine any defects.


5. Plumbing Issues

In some cases, an error in the plumbing is the cause of the smelly drain. If it's poorly installed, the set-up can affect vents and traps and the workings of the drain. And let's not forget rotting drain tubes.

Things do wear down over time. Get your pipes and fittings to work perfectly, and let your licensed and experienced plumber do it for you.

Your plumber will be able to rectify any parts that are not doing your drain any good.


Get Rid Of Smelly Drains

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How to Fix Your Smelly Drain

Always ensure you clean the drain's opening regularly with soap, water and disinfectant and remove any food items from the sink.  

Dispose of your waste correctly. Personal hygiene products can affect drainage. Think about your dental floss, baby wipes, diapers, tampons, tissues and cotton balls. 

You can also try simple solutions such as boiling water, baking soda and vinegar down the drain.  It can do the trick for simple blockages. But sometimes, smelly drains can signify a more significant issue with your pipework and larger drains outside.

To get a proper diagnosis and permanent solution, you need to contact your local drain specialist. With their expertise, they will get rid of your smelly drain once and for all.

Fixed Today Plumbing Team 

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