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Here’s Why Your Drains Smell Bad

sink-drainOur sinks and bathtubs aren’t always excepted to smell like freshly cut flowers, but any kind of bad smell around these fixtures is far from the norm. The fact is that the bad smells are supposed to stay deep inside the sewer system. If you’re smelling any kind of bad odors up top, then it might be an issue with your drain.

Trapped Food

A common cause of smells from your drains is none other than food. If food becomes trapped and is unable to wash down the drain, it can decompose in the pipes. Hot water and bleach should be able to take care of this issue for you, but we highly suggest not resorting to any chemical drain cleaners, as these can damage your pipes.

Partial Blockage

A partial blockage can let water pass through, but it might be enough to stop food waste from moving down the drain. Clearing this blockage may be trickier than clearing out trapped food, so make sure to call in a professional of plumbing in Frisco, TX if the blockage proves to be too much to handle. While the internet may have plenty of advice on unclogging drains, not all of those methods are going to be safe for you or your drains.

Mold

A musty smell might be due to mold growing under the drain cover. Active mold spores can release gases and, if inhaled, can cause nausea, dizziness, or fatigue. The EPA has their own directions for cleaning up mold by yourself, but if you don’t feel comfortable tackling this issue on your own, don’t hesitate to call up a professional.

Biofilm

Biofilm is like an umbrella term that can refer to a collection of multiple strains of bacteria and their waste. It doesn’t look pretty, it smells even worse, and the last thing you want to do is touch it. Worst of all, it’s actually bad for your health. By letting biofilm continue to live in your drain, there’s a small chance it can spread hazardous infections.

Biofilm can grow in your bathroom drains, but it’s more common in the kitchen sink. That’s because disease vectors like raw chicken can contribute to the problem. Any place or utensil in your kitchen that frequently gets wet may be a spot where biofilm can form.

Cleaning biofilm off surfaces or utensils is as easy as spraying and wiping with a cleaning solution. The problem is when biofilm is inside your drain. That’s when you’ll want a thorough drain cleaning from an expert.

Sewer Gases

Do you smell something like rotten eggs or a distinct smell of sewage? That could be sewer gases, wafting up in the form of hydrogen sulfide. The gases typically aren’t dangerous at such a low volume, but that’s no reason to let it keep building up in your bathroom or kitchen.

Your drains are designed specifically to avoid these gases from escaping, so it could mean there’s something wrong with your P-trap. If the P-trap is not the issue, then it’s most likely a backup in the sewer, and that requires professional sewer cleaning.

Are your drains stinking up your home? Contact Earthwise Home Services today to schedule service.

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