Top 3 Causes of Smelly Drains and How to Fix it

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Published on 12 Jul 2023
Written by vitaladmin

Smelly drains are a common nuisance in many households. If you’re noticing an unpleasant odour coming from your bathroom or kitchen sink, it’s a good indication that you have drain blockage. While a small blockage may not seem like a big deal, it can lead to some serious issues if left unchecked. A smelly drain is often caused by a build-up of organic matter. When this material starts to decompose, it produces foul-smelling gases that can escape through your drains and into your home. In addition to being unpleasant, these gases can also be dangerous to your health. If you’re dealing with a smelly drain, there are a few things you can do to try and fix the problem yourself. Here are the top 3 causes of smelly drains and how to fix them.

Bacteria and Mould Build Up Causing Smelly Drains

In most cases, smelly drains are caused by a build-up of bacteria and other organic matter. This can happen when food or other organic matter is washed down the drain and not cleaned up properly. The trapped water in the drainage system provides the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and when too much is present, it can cause a foul odour to rise into the home. There are several ways to prevent smelly drains, including regular cleaning and maintenance, using vinegar or baking soda to clean drains, and installing traps or covers over the drains. In most cases, a combination of these methods will be necessary to keep drains smelling clean.

Soap and Grease Forming Drain Blockages

The causes of smelly drains can vary, but the most common culprits are soap, shampoo, hair oil, sweat and body oil. When these substances mix together, they can stick to the sides of the drain and form a blockage. This blockage can trap water and lead to the growth of bacteria. The result is the smell coming from your drain.

Hair Follicles Leading to Smelly Drains

Smelly drains are a common problem in many homes, and the cause is usually a build-up of hair follicles. When hair falls into the drain, it doesn’t disintegrate. Instead, it sticks to any sticky surfaces, such as the drain walls. This can cause a blockage. In addition, as more and more hair build-up, it creates a breeding ground for mould and bacteria. This can lead to a smelly odour seeping through the drains. If left untreated, this problem can spread through the drainage system in your home and seep through any available holes in your home via the drainage system.

How to Fix Your Smelly Drains

There is a myriad of approaches you can use when dealing with smelly drains. Below are our top two options.

Pouring Hot Water Down Your Smelly Drains

Before reaching for harsh chemicals there are a few simple organic ingredients that can be used to clean smelly drains. One of the most effective is boiling hot water. The high temperature helps to kill bacteria and break down grease and other build-ups. Pour a pot of boiling water down the drain, and let it sit for a couple of minutes before running the cold water. This method may need to be repeated several times before the smell is completely eradicated. However, it is a safe and natural way to clean smelly drains without resorting to harsh chemicals.

Using Vinegar and Baking Soda to Clear Blocked Drains

Over time, drain pipes can become clogged with a variety of substances, from hair to soap scum to cooking grease. As a result, drains often develop an unpleasant smell. Vinegar and baking soda is an effective and inexpensive way to clean smelly drains. The acidic vinegar helps to break down blockages, while the baking soda acts as a gentle abrasive to remove dirt and grime. To use this home remedy, simply mix equal parts baking soda and vinegar in lukewarm water and pour it down the drain. Let it sit for at least a day before running any water through the sink. With regular use, this simple mixture can help keep your drains clean and smelling fresh.

How Can We Help Your Get Rid of Smelly Drains

Smelly drains can be a real nuisance. Not only are they unpleasant, but they can also be difficult to get rid of. If you’ve tried home remedies and they haven’t worked, it’s time to call in the professionals. Our team of experienced plumbers has been helping residents unclog pipes and get rid of smelly drains for over 20 years. We know how to fix the problem quickly and effectively, so you can get on with your life. We offer a $0 call-out fee and will respond to your inquiry within 60 minutes. Call us today and we’ll have your smelly drain fixed in no time.

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