There’s nothing worse than a drain with a disgusting odor. Whether it’s in your bathroom or kitchen, a smelly drain can make any room feel unwelcoming. But what makes a smelly drain…smelly?
There’s more than one reason your drain could smell funky. Here are some common culprits:
Clogs are a plumbing problem almost every household will come into contact with at one point or another. But when clogs get really bad, they can create strange odors. Food, grease, soap, and hair are some of the common causes of really bad clogs. However, if a clog is building, it may not cause noticeable problems. Over time, these substances begin to decay, which can cause an unseemly smell.
This is one of the most likely causes of a smelly drain in the kitchen. Certain foods are more pungent than others, and any leftovers that find their way down the sink have the potential to stink.
Mold and mildew are organisms that require darkness and water to grow–which is exactly what your drains offer. Kitchen and bathroom drains are also very likely to be the host of bacteria, which is another great agent of growth for both mold and mildew.
The p-trap is the piping visible underneath your sink. The p-trap does exactly what it’s named for: trapping debris in your plumbing before it goes too deep into your plumbing. The p-trap has another function as well: preventing sewer gas from entering your home. If the p-trap dries out, the sewer gas is released into your home.
A clog deep within your plumbing system can cause a rancid stench in your home, and common clog solutions can’t penetrate deeply enough to fix it. On rarely used drains, sewer gases can rise out of dried out, empty drain traps.
Another common way for sewer gas to stink up your home is when you have a problem with the vent pipes. Plumbing vents are used to move sewer gas out of your home. However, if these vents become clogged (typically with debris from outside, such as a bird’s nest or leaves), the sewer gas can’t escape on its normal route and will be forced back into your drains.
Thankfully, strange odors don’t have to be a permanent problem. With these simple solutions, your home will be smelling fresh and clean in no time!
The plumbing experts at Quality First Service Group work hard to make sure your home feels like home. Contact our team to see how we put Quality First in every job we do.