Ew! Why Your Drains Stink!

Is the summer season which means that there are smells galore. Flowers and barbecues, the smell of freshly cut grass and even though summer rains – but what’s that smell? It’s not rubbish that’s been left out in the sun. It’s coming from your drain! 

If you notice a nasty stink emanating from your drains you are not alone because this is a very common problem. The key is in finding out the cause and ensuring that you call blocked drain & cleaning services so that you can get your drains squeaky clean and back to normal. It could just be a buildup of bacteria, it could be a clog or it could be something much more serious such as a sewer gas leak. Here are some of the reasons that your drains are currently starting to stink.

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  • The pipes are clogged up. No matter the reason behind the clog, you need to make sure that the pipes are as cleared as possible. You may not already know that your pipes are connected to an intricate network but the blockage could be anywhere in there. Vertical vent pipes exit right through the roof as well as windows and other vents.
  • The sump pump. You’ll notice a stink from the sump in your basement if you smell something funky going on. You might even be accidentally directing your wastewater into your sump instead of the main sewer line. Some homeowners will direct their pipework elsewhere and if the washing machine is directed into the sump pump it can collect and cause a stink. When you reduce the amount of pipes that drain down into your sump, you can reduce the smell and it’s a good fix. 
  • Trapped grease. There’s nothing worse than fatbergs – trapped grease and fat that gets stuck in pipes – which cause a rotten egg smell or a mouldy smell through the house. There’s nothing worse than a stinky garden when you are trying to BBQ and socialise with your friends. 
  • The bins smell. Food scraps that are left to rot or overflowing bins in the sunshine can smell really bad and so you need to make sure that you have storage for your rubbish so that this doesn’t happen. Storage is the best solution here and a purpose-built shed or rubbish shelter can really help you to prevent things from smelling and that smell floating across your house down the street.
  • If you have a drain trap installed in your new sink or your bathtub, you’re going to be able to prevent smells. If you don’t have a drain trap there is every chance that the buildup of soap scum and hair could be causing the smell from your sink. The last thing you want to do is have a bathroom that absolutely reeks when you’re trying to shower and feel clean. 

The smell hanging around inside your home can actually make you feel pretty dirty. So with the steps, you’re going to be able to ensure that this is not the case any more.

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