What the Smells from Your Plumbing Might Mean
Why does your plumbing smell? That offensive odor in your bathroom or kitchen could be coming from many places within your plumbing network or even from the water itself. But how do you know what the source is and what you should do about it?
One DIY tip that can help keep your drains fresh is putting equal parts vinegar and baking soda down your drains. The two will foam together and clean out the pipes. This solution doesn’t replace professional drain cleaning, but it does give temporary, quick relief from odors. Here are some other tips to help.
The Sink Plumbing Has Become Contaminated
Do you use your sink for food prep? Are you someone who lets a lot of shaving cream and soap go down your bathroom drains without rinsing it generously? Have you ever put a hair trap over your drains?
If not, there is a good chance that you’ve got debris from these activities gathering in your drains. This debris will eventually stick together and bind to the pipes.
Not only can they build up so much that they cause clogs, which can lead to greater plumbing risks, but as these masses decompose, they will also smell really bad.
Get a drain cleaning done professionally to get rid of the odor. To keep this from happening again, take better care about letting things fall down your drain. Be sure to put food scraps in the compost or garbage and make a point of using hair traps.
Sulfur in the Plumbing
Yuck! Do you smell rotten eggs? No, it’s not actually eggs, but it is the unpleasant odor of hydrogen sulfide, forcing that foul smell through your home. This stench can be coming directly from your plumbing because of oxidation or other decomposition of the pipework, or it can be coming from the water itself.
To tell the difference, do the smell test. Fill two separate glasses of water from different taps in your home. If both glasses smell, then you have a water problem. If it is just the one glass, the plumbing of the tap from which you poured the glass is the culprit.
Rely on Professional Help
Don’t endure those awful smells. Do something about it today by contacting your local San Diego, CA plumber for assistance.
They can use their specialized equipment to diagnose the problem straight away and get right down to eliminating the odor. There are many benefits to a professional drain cleaning.
For one thing, you will have better-smelling drains. You are also far less likely to have to deal with plumbing clogs. If you haven’t had one, book your appointment today and start seeing the benefits.