Get Rid of Your Stinky Drain

Have you ever gone into your kitchen only to get hit in the face by a foul odor? You start investigating—it’s not the garbage can, and it is not the fridge. No, the perpetrator appears to be an icky and pungent kitchen drain. The good news is, with a bit of detective work and drain-cleaning efforts, you can alleviate that unpleasant odor and say hello to freshness!

Why Does My Drain Smell Bad??

Your sink can smell bad for many reasons. Determining the cause is the starting point to freshening up your kitchen and stopping a recurrence. The most frequent offenders include:

  • Bacteria: A kitchen drain clogged with food particles, grease buildup and other crud is a breeding ground for bacteria and other microorganisms that produce unpleasant odors as they feed.
  • Blocked drain: Obstructed pipes can lead to stagnant water and bacteria growth, contributing to the stench.
  • Sewer gases: If the P-trap below the sink dries out, sewer gases may come up from the drain, leading to a lingering sewer smell. This oftentimes is found in seldom-used plumbing fixtures
  • Plumbing mistakes: From DIY accidents to missing traps or drain vents, plumbing problems can allow unwanted smells to enter your living space.

Tips to Clear a Stinky Drain

Here are four surefire strategies to eliminate smelly drain odors:

  • Hot water: Heat a mixture of water and vinegar almost to the boiling point and carefully pour it down the drain. The hot water clears out the sludge and vinegar counteracts the odor.
  • Baking soda and vinegar: Begin with the hot water strategy outlined above. If it’s insufficient, put a cup of baking soda in the drain and then pour two cups of hot vinegar. Enjoy the fizz and leave it for an hour. Then, flush the drain with more hot water to clean out stubborn gunk and bacteria.
  • P-trap cleaning: Don your protective gloves and put a bucket under the P-trap. Unscrew the pipe by hand or with a wrench, if necessary, and take the pipe out. Empty the contents into the trash, wash out the pipe and reattach your sink’s plumbing.
  • A note on bleach: Although it’s a powerful antibacterial agent, bleach is not suggested for cleaning drains. It can damage your pipes and possibly create toxic gases, so avoid using bleach in this circumstance.

Strategies for Fresh and Clean Drains

It’s not hard to keep foul-smelling drains at bay with a little maintenance. Here’s what we recommend:

  • Operate your garbage disposal and flush it with cold water for 20 seconds after grinding up food to thoroughly flush particles down the pipes.
  • Rinse the drain once a week with a gallon of near-boiling water to protect against the buildup of odor-causing particles.
  • Run water through infrequently used sinks to keep the P-trap filled. For additional protection, put a bit of mineral oil in the drain, because that slows evaporation.
  • Spread a handful of baking soda into the drain and then pour hot water to absorb and neutralize odors.
  • From time to time, follow up the baking soda treatment with a cup of white vinegar for a even greater clean. Leave it there for 30 minutes, then clean the drain completely with hot water.
  • Use ground-up lemon or orange peels to leave your sink smelling citrus-fresh.
  • Utilize enzyme cleaners to prevent the buildup of odor-causing residue without relying on harsh chemicals.
  • Hire a professional to inspect your plumbing sporadically. This can help catch odor-causing issues before they become a concern.
  • Avoid pouring grease and other foods down the drain that can easily clog or decay, such as coffee grounds and fibrous vegetables.
  • Try using mesh strainers to catch food debris and other debris before they get caught in the drain. Next, empty the strainers into the trash to keep your pipes flowing smoothly and smelling pleasant.
  • Hire professional drain cleaning to ensure a comprehensive job. Licensed plumbers have the tools and knowledge to clear tough clogs and smelly problems. Additionally, they can supply you with personalized advice specific to your household’s plumbing system.

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If your efforts to clean the stinky kitchen drain are not successful, it’s time to call in the specialists. Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing provides fast, long-lasting plumbing solutions in the U.S., including professional drain cleaning. Our 100% satisfaction guarantee means we’re dedicated to your complete happiness.

So, the next time your smelly drains make you want to gag, go with the knowledgeable pros at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. Make your appointment by phoning 866-397-3787 today!

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