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Say Goodbye to Stinky Drains

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Stinky Drains Need Cleaning

A smelly drain in your home is not something you can put up with for long. It is unpleasant and can be embarrassing when guests come round. So it is important to unearth the reason for the smell as soon as possible and to have it sorted out by a professional if need be. Sometimes the problem won’t require any special tools or harsh chemicals, in which case you can fix it yourself. However, other times you will need to call in a professional to assist you as they may need to get deeper into your drains than you can see and need specialized knowledge and equipment to do so. Below are some of the main causes behind bad-smelling drains.

What is the problem?

  • Dry p-trap: One of the simpler causes for the bad-smelling odor coming from your drains is a dry p-trap. The p-trap is the curved section of the pipeline underneath the sink. It holds a little bit of water and prevents gasses from drifting out the sewage system into your house. If the drain has been out of use for a lengthy period, this water has most likely evaporated. The only thing you need to do in such a situation is to pour water down the drain to restore the plug against sewer gas.
  • Dirty p-trap: It is not uncommon for the p-trap below the kitchen sink to become clogged with bits of food. This can also cause an unpleasant stench in your home.
  • Sewer line issues: If the bad odor is coming from all the sinks around the house, there may be a block or break in the sewer lines that carry the wastewater from your house to the municipal sewer system.
  • Venting problems: In addition to the p-trap, your pipelines use venting pipes to preventing sewer gas from entering your home. These pipes remove back-flowing gases and send them up to the roof of your house. Like any other pipe, they can become clogged with all sorts of things, the resulting sewer gasses being forced back down and up through your drains.

How to sort it out
As we have explained, a dry p-trap is easy to fix and requires minimal effort on your part. On the other hand, a clogged p-trap is a little more tricky. To fix the problem you may want to make use of a drain cleaning product such as our BioClean system to kill the bacteria. If this doesn’t work, then you may need to call in a plumber to dissemble the p-trap and clean it.

Should you be experiencing sewer line issues or venting problems, it is best to call a professional plumbing service for assistance straight away. Sewer line issues, in particular, can be very serious and should be addressed immediately since it can result in sewage flooding into your foundations – spreading bacteria and disease, as well as doing damage to your property. The plumbing service should do an inspection to determine the exact cause of the problem and then offer you the best solution, whether it be drain cleaning or a rooter service.

Call us today for more information about our drain cleaning and rooter services.

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