It would seem obvious that a bad smell coming from a residential drain is due to something rotten being dumped down there. In actual fact, even the cleanest, tidiest of people can have smelly drains; you yourself may have encountered it in your Nepean home. Here at John The Plumber Nepean we want to share what are the most common causes for bad smells and smelly drains and what you can do to rid yourself of the stench.
Smelly Kitchen Drains
Naturally, forcing items down your drain that should not go down the drain can cause a poor smell to come up; garburators are well known for this type of situation to occur. Putting ice with lemon down there and turning on the disposal unit once a month is a good way to create a fresher scent. Other times however, the bad smells coming up from your kitchen sink are due to it being interconnected with your dishwasher; a blockage in a line between the vent and the drain may be the culprit.
Smelly Basement Drain
A bad odor coming up from the floor drain in your basement is a sign of bad news. A sewer smell often means that there’s a breach in the line. You need to remove the clog sooner than later as a blockage can create water back up which will open you up to a whole new host of problems. We like to provide tips for you to try and fix plumbing issues yourself, but with this scenario you will most likely need one of Nepean’s professional plumbers in to come and snake the line.
Smelly Bathroom Drains
The overflow from your bathtub or bathroom sink may have a smell rise up from it time to time. This is often a result of bacteria build-up; it collects fairly easy in these areas so it’s a good idea to give those fixtures a good scrub with a good cleaner on a regular basis.
A bad smell coming up from your toilet is not always the obvious! At the base of your toilet there is a wax seal at the bottom. If sewer gases start to rise up it means the seal is coming unglued, and the only way to eliminate this is to reseal the toilet. Plumbing fixtures in your home more than often have traps that will prevent a sewer gas smell. You can see them in your vanity and under your kitchen sink. If the trap is not sealed properly, has come loose or is not sloping in the right direction, you most likely will encounter a bad smell.
Our team of qualified professionals can take care of all your home smelly drain issues. Give John the Plumber Nepean a call and we’ll come take care of it for you!