It is frustrating to search for a horrible smell in your house without any success. Chances are that the unpleasant odor could actually be coming from your drains. Unfortunately, the cause of the odor can be very disgusting, making it an unpleasant experience to clean. By knowing why these odors occur, you can prevent them from happening.
Hair and Skin
The amount of hair and skin you shed every day is astonishing, at 50-100 hairs and 500 million skin cells. The majority of skin cells will travel through the air and settle on your furniture, but many make their way down the drain when showering. Hair will also shed every time you use shampoo. This makes bathroom showers and sinks a prime place for odor caused by hair and skin.
Keep these drains cleaned regularly so that buildup does not occur. You can use a simple sewer snake that is made out of a flexible tube and a Velcro pad to clear out hair clogs before they become much worse. Using a plunger might push these clogs further down the drain.
Garbage And Food
Even if water is flowing freely down your kitchen sink drain, there could be food deep inside the pipe that is causing a disgusting odor. It only takes a small amount of food to cause a big odor, so do not rely on a clog to be an indication that there is a problem
Food going down your kitchen sink drain is unavoidable, but there are things you can do to limit it. Make sure to use a trap in your sink to catch food before it goes down the drain. Clean your garbage disposal to prevent food from building up around the canister. You also need to occasionally disassemble your plumbing underneath the sink and give the pipes a good scrubbing with a pipe cleaner.
Gas and Raw Sewage
If you have a septic tank, the smell of sewage could be due to the tank being full. This is because septic tank water has nowhere to go, and starts backing up into your home's drains. Start by having your septic tank pumped and see if that fixes the problem.
Smells that are still persistent after trying a few DIY tips might mean you have a more serious problem on your hands. You may need a plumber to come to your home and investigate the problem further.
For more information, contact Neffsville Plumbing & Heating Services or a similar company.