Here in Frisco, TX, most homeowners are pretty self-sufficient, and usually don’t require much warning to know when something is amiss. Strange smells, especially rotten smells, coming out of your drains is definitely a sign that things aren’t quite right. In some cases, you can fix the problem quickly. In others you’ll need to call in the pros for a formal drain cleaning. But it helps to know which is which and save yourself the service call if you can solve the issue with a little troubleshooting. here are the three most common sources of smells in your drain.
Food or Waste in the Pipes
Sometimes, you can wash food down the kitchen sink or waste material down the bathroom drains, and they will become stuck inside the pipe somewhere: not enough to stem the flow of water, but enough to avoid getting washed away easily. As the material starts to rot, the smell will emanate upwards. In some cases, a chemical cleanser could solve the problem, but we strongly recommend professional services to make sure it’s taken care of properly.
A Dry Water Trap
Did you ever wonder why the pipe beneath your sink has a strange “U” in it. that;s the water trap, and as long as it stays wet, it prevents gas and other smells coming up the pipe from the sewer system into your home. This is likely the case for smells form outlets that haven’t been used in a while. If this is the case, try running the water for a few minutes and seeing if the smell goes down.
A smell that comes from multiple outlets is probably an issue with your main sewer line, which always needs professional attention to correct.
Call Hutchins Plumbing and Air Conditioning today for quality drain cleaning services!