What To Do When Your Drain Smells

Nothing’s worse than a smelly drain in your home – once you get a nasty whiff, it isn’t long before the smell has spread to other rooms in your house because it gets so pungent. There will be a moment when you think the smell has disappeared, but once you start running the tap water it disturbs the cause of the odour and hits you right up the nose.

Unpleasant smells can be caused by a number of things depending on which drain it’s coming from and can be particularly embarrassed when you have company round. For example, if the smell is coming from the bathroom drain then this could be because of a build up of hair and a build up of soap scum that has started collecting. This, combined with the daily dirt and grime that runs down the drain, can cause a stomach turning stench.

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However, if the smell is coming from your kitchen sink, then the likelihood is that the smell is being caused by bacteria and rotting food. However, there are a few things you can try to eliminate what’s causing a stink in your sink.

Boiling Water

You shouldn’t underestimate the power of boiling water and the effects it can have when unblocking your sink. Pouring freshly boiled water from the kettle down the sink can help shift milder smells, as it helps kill bacteria and can shift stubborn grease and grime that’s festering away

Baking Soda

The chief of home remedies is the use of baking soda. Baking soda is used in a lot of applications to remove odours, and just a few spoons of baking soda down your drain could help it to smell a bit sweeter. If you get into the habit of doing this on a regular basis, you can prevent bad smells from creeping back down there.

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Hot Vinegar

The acid that’s in vinegar helps to remove the first signs of clogging down your drain, following by a flushing of boiling water. This is a more environmentally friendly option to pouring a load of harsh chemicals down your drain, which can actually be abrasive to your pipes after a long period of time and can produce harmful gases.

Call an Expert

Most of these methods are for mild blockages and smells, and are only really used as preventative measures. If your problems still persist and your drains are relentlessly omitting an awful smell, then it could be the cause of something a bit tougher which may require a professional service.

At Inspect a Drain, we provide drain tests, un-blocks and repairs to rectify all your drainage problems. For more information about our services feel free to contact us at 0115 8226086 with any enquiries that you may have.

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