If you’ve been searching up and down for the source of the mysterious smell in your kitchen or bathroom, you should check your drains. Tub and sink drains can grow bacteria or let off gasses when specific plumbing problems exist. The result is an offensive odor that can sometimes be hard to track down and eliminate.
There are several different kinds of plumbing problems that can cause smelly drains. Some odor problems can be solved with simple fixes, while other situations require a professional plumber’s help. It won’t hurt to try the easy home remedies. If they don’t work, you’ll need a plumber to figure out the cause of the odor.
The most direct cause of smelly drains is a build-up of soap scum, grease, and other drain clogging material. Even though the build-up may not be bad enough to slow your gutters, it is still an ideal environment for the growth of odor-causing bacteria. Drain flies also like to lay eggs in this type of scum membrane. If you notice tiny flies and smell an odor, then organic build-up in your pipes is probably to blame for the situation.
You can clear the bio scum out of your drains with a gallon of hot water and a cup of bleach. If that doesn’t remove the odor, you may be smelling sewage fumes from cracked pipes or improperly installed drain traps. Give us a call! We will help you find the source of the odors and get them fixed.