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Why Does My Plumbing Smell So Bad?

Why Does My Plumbing Smell So Bad?

As a homeowner, you're always on the lookout for anything unusual with your home. If you start to notice a stench coming from your plumbing, it's likely an indication that something is wrong. While these smells are not a cause for any major concern, they should be addressed soon, as no one should have to deal with unpleasant plumbing odors.

Breach Problems in Your Sewer Line

There's a sewer line that runs from underneath your home to your city sewer hookup or a home septic tank. When there is a breach somewhere in the line, sewage will escape. This sewage will create a nasty smell that is easy to pick up. Breaches can be caused by a number of culprits. Some of the most common are tree roots, massive clogs, and ground sinking.

Debris in Your Garbage Disposal

It's not uncommon for some debris to get stuck in your garbage disposal. When this happens, it's highly advisable to clean it out. You'll always want to start by unplugging the disposal to avoid any injuries. Using basic dish soap and a sponge can help you to remove a good portion of the debris. If there is still a lingering smell, you should highly consider pouring vinegar and baking soda into the disposal to get rid of the bad smell.

P-Trap Issues

Underneath every plumbing fixture in your home should be a p-trap. These traps work to hold in a small amount of water to prevent unwanted sewer odors and gases from coming back up inside of your home. When certain fixtures are used often enough, the water in the p-trap can dry up. This will leave the trap exposed to unwanted gases. Simply cycling water through the plumbing fixture is typically enough to remedy the problem.

Biofilm Build-Up

Most commonly found in the shower, bio-film is a residue that is created by leftover cleansing products, like shampoo and conditioner. Over time, these leftover materials can form into a thick filmy layer that will naturally attract bacteria and end up stinking. You should pour hot water down your drain. Follow up with a cup of vinegar and a half of a cup of baking soda. Give it a couple of hours and pour hot water back down the drain. That should take care of the biofilm and the nasty smell.

Call Our Plumbing Professionals Today

If you're experiencing an unwanted odor from one of your plumbing fixtures, you may be able to fix it on your own. However, if you can't, you can always rely on our highly experienced plumbing professionals to take care of it for you.
 

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