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How to Get Rid of Smelly Drains

get rid of smelly drains

Have you noticed a strange smell coming from your bathroom drain? Is your kitchen sink getting a little funky? Or you have taken out the garbage and that smell is still lingering? It is definitely not normal and no one wants their home to be known as the ‘bad smelling house’. If you keep on reading, you will get a better understanding of some of the causes of a smelly drain and how to get rid of smelly drains around your home.

What causes smelly drains?

Bacteria

Over time, your drain will be getting its fair share of food, grease, hair and even toothpaste being flushed down it. All of this debris can build up over time and create an unpleasant odour. Ensure you are cleaning the opening of the drain regularly with soap, water and disinfectant and remove any food items from the sink. Mixing baking soda and vinegar and pouring it slowly down the drain along with boiling water will kill the growing bacteria and loosen any object stuck in there.

Blockage

A cause of smelly drains can be a blockage in the pipes. Some items of food will become stuck in the pipes and drain and eventually start to rot. Food like fish, egg and tuna can make your kitchen drain smelly. If you do suspect you have a blockage in your pipe, you can try a few DIY drain unblocking ideas such as use an unwired coat hanger to move anything out of the way. To be confident your drain is cleared properly, contact your trusty local plumber to investigate and clear your drain for you.

Mould

If there is even a small leak in the pipework underneath your sink, nasty mould will start to grow. The smell of the mould and mildew will rise up and a very unpleasant odour will start happening. Make sure you’re checking your fittings regularly for leaks. If you do notice a water leak from taps or pipes, contact a licenced plumber and they will be able to get any leak sorted out for you. Ask your plumber to conduct a safety plumbing inspection for all of your fittings to make sure everything is working up to scratch.

Sewer Smell

If the odour coming from your drain smells like its a sewer, then it most probably is coming from your sewer drain. Only a licenced plumber will be able to check your sewer drain of any issues such as a leak or a crack in the pipe or issues with the P trap or vent. Your blocked drain expert can use the necessary tools to examine your sewer thoroughly and determine if there are any defects.

Plumbing issue

In some cases, an error in the plumbing is the cause of the smelly drain. A poor install or set up can affect vents and traps and the overall workings of the drain. And let’s not forget rotting drain tubes. Things do wear down over time so getting pipes and fittings that are working perfectly can only be done through your licenced and experienced plumber. Your plumber will be able to rectify any parts that are just not doing your drain any good.

If you have a kitchen or bathroom drain that is giving off a strong odour, you need to determine the cause to find the best solution. Simple solutions such as boiling water and a bit of vinegar down the drain will do the trick, but sometimes, smelly drains can be an indication of a bigger 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.

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I found Steven to be very professional and helpful. The boys went out of their way to fix and suggest long term solutions to a problem that could have cost me big in the future. I would not hesitate to recommend Fixed Today!

Bruno Vales
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Fixed today plumbing is true to their word. The service was great, Steve is very professional and gave some great advice.

Robyn Field
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Fixed Today is an amazing company, their customer service is a 10/10. Above and beyond for every job and they cater to the needs of my sites, their response time and attention to detail is phenomenal. Highly recommend Steve and his team from Fixed Today!

Isabel Casey
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We moved into our new house without realizing there was a blockage. Steve’s service was outstanding. He arrived and was on the way to solving the issue within an hour of us calling. His no-nonsense approach has allowed us to be excited to move into our new home again. Thanks so much.

Hayley Legg
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Highly recommend. Marvin fixed a blocked drain at our home. He was friendly, upfront with the pricing and clean. He also provided suggestions on how to prevent the problem from happening again which was considerate and nice. I would call them again!

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Highly recommend! We were recommended by a friend who used Fixed today and we could not be happier. The job was carried out exactly the way it was explained and they even cleaned up.

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We had two separate issues, a burst pipe in the laundry and the hot water system needed replacement. The team came on the same day and fixed the leak and replaced the hot water system. Very professional, friendly, clean and efficient. I would recommend Fixed Today to all my friends.

Bianca McConell
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Nothing was too much for Steve and Jamie. They sourced a new toilet cistern and fitted it the same day. All cleaned up after the job was done too. Highly recommended.

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Had Steven over and he solved my tab and got water issues so quickly! Called the next day to check up and ensure all was working well. Really hard to get good service these days and this company deserves massive praise!!! Amazing service

Nathalia S
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Prompt to arrange inspection and find issue. Pricing was a bit expensive, but did a good job. Steve is easy to communicate with and returns calls.

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Steve & team did a great job around the house and were very quick.

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Great experience . This is a customer focused business who did a great job at a reasonable price. Terrific with an elderly client under difficult circumstances. Thank you so much.#reviewtowin

J Greenaway
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Damiem Esposito
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Thanks for fixing my blocked drain efficiently and with little fuss. Great service from Mathew and Marvin. 5 Stars!

Dela
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Thanks for replacing our Hot water System at such short notice and in the dark! Competitive pricing and courtesy calls to let me know you were running behind a huge help . All very much appreciated. Would recommend these guys and wouldn’t hesitate to use them again.

Suzy
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Really you are fabulous for give your best service , I just called you and you were at my home.However the fault in pipe joint was small but you gave your precious time for solving such type of small things without any extra charges.Thanks for that guys.

Leo B
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Scott
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Hi Fixed Today thanks for un blocking the pipe that was overflowing I was having a panic attack until u guys came and fixed thank u again

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Linda Burke Harden
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Steve installed a new hot water system for me. He’s very well price and has outstanding workmanship. Well done Steve. Thanks

Steve
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Thanks Steve for your quick response and honest feedback. Although I was a bit embarrassed at how simple the hot water fix was, you did advise me earlier that it could be a simple do-it-yourself fix. Happy to give you the business. Darren

Dazmenow
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Had a problem with the hot water system. Steve diagnosed the problem quickly and found that it was a faulty thermostat. Replaced the part and solved the problem. Steve communicated well and was very professional. Would recommend Steve for any of your plumbing problems

Colin
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Steve is honest and reliable… friendly and professional… no job too big or small.

Steven Bou
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thank you steven, job well done

Touke
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I found Steve and his team on here – After speaking to approx. 6 other plumbers Steve answered all our questions and had his team here to fix our problem within the hour (in the dark!) Might I also say he was the cheapest! I would highly recommend these guys to anyone looking for a plumber that doesn’t want to rip you off. Thanks again Steve.
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Craig
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Thanks to the team at Fixed Today. Great fast friendly service. Got the job done right first time no hassles. Highly recommended.

Patrick Gh
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Thankyou to Steve and his team for all the plumbing work they done at my house. Renovating two new bathrooms seemed hard but Steve and his team made it so easy. Very professional, hardworking and efficient. Love the way my bathroom turned out so modern would recommend to anymore!!

Vanessa Shaw
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These guys are awesome, I had a leaking pipe in the morning they instructed me to turn the water off at the main until they came they where there with in the hour and fixed the pipe and mind you the price was very reasonable.. Thanks guys.

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Thank Steve, prompt service just wanted to say keep up the great work with us.

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I would recommend these guys to anyone. On time very professional and there prices are very reasonable for great service and top quality products.

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This is the second time I have used Platinum hot water and plumbing. On both occasions I have been 100% satisfied with the service. It is very rare to find tradesmen that demonstrate professionalism and have genuine pride in their work. Will highly recommend them

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Thanks Steve for a great job , you and your team are great due to your reliability and honesty Also very well priced ! Well recommend and use your services again

George Zab
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Thanks very much Steve for coming at such short notice to help fix our toilet! Rescued us from another long weekend of hassle. A very professional job! Highly recommended!

Gareth
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Prompt service, good advice and price quoted before job done. Would recommend to friends.

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