Does your kitchen or bathroom in Charlotte, North Carolina, smell awful? In an effort to eliminate the stench, you’ve likely emptied the fridge of spoiling food, taken out the trash and flushed your toilet half a dozen times. But the smell is still lingering, and you don’t know where it’s coming from. If you’re on the verge of gagging – or maybe you already are – because of a repugnant smell of rotten eggs or sewage, check to see if it’s coming from a drain.
What Causes Bad Smells in Your Drains
The drains in your home are responsible for flushing used water and waste out. When they clog, they allow bacteria to grow and emit a foul odor. If you run the water in your kitchen or bathroom sink and it begins to pool, there’s likely a blockage somewhere in the drain or sewer vent pipe. If it’s in the sewer vent pipe, you’ll notice a smell.
Another issue that can cause an awful smell in your kitchen or bathrooms is the presence of sulfates in the tap water. This happens when sulfate-reducing bacteria enter a water heater and react with the sulfates in it, which results in the smell of rotten eggs. Microbial growth can also emit an odor when it builds up near leaks in piping.
How to Make Your Drains Smell Sweet Again
The first step to making your drains smell sweet again is to stop clogging them with:
- Baby wipes
- Food scraps
- Coffee grounds
- Cotton buds
- Egg shells
Here are some ways to unclog your drains, clear the bacteria and make them smell better:
- Plug the sink, fill it with hot water mixed with a little bleach, unplug it
- Pour a large pot of boiling water down the drain a little at a time
- Mix vinegar and baking soda, let it fizz, pour it down the drain, flush with hot water
Other issues that cause drains to smell, like leaking pipes and microbial growth, require professional attention. If you’ve tried to unclog your drains and still notice an awful smell, call Air Today at 704-893-1230. We perform drain cleaning and unclogging, and we also provide leak detection and repair services.
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