What Causes My Drains to be So Smelly?

Gunk – Clogged drains are often the culprit when there is an odor emanating from your drain. Kitchen sinks can trap food particles that start to rot, causing a foul odor. Be sure to clean the underside of the trap if you start to notice a smell. With bathroom sinks and shower drains, the offender can be hair, soap scum, and mineral buildup.

Sewer Gas – If you clean your drains and they are still emitting a gaseous odor, this may be a sign of a more serious problem. All drains should have a trap on them that prevents sewer gas from rising up the pipe and into your house. If, for some reason, a drain does not have one of these plugs, or if the original plumber installed it incorrectly, sewer gas can invade your home and drive away even the most stuffed-up noses.

What Can I Do About a Smelly Drain?

Call a Plumber – Whenever you have a plumbing issue, your best bet is to speak with an experienced, professional plumber. He will be able to narrow down the cause of the problem and determine what to do from there. Pouring chemicals down the drains is not always the right solution to the problem and can actually lead to potentially hazardous situations. To ensure that you do not create a bigger mess, call a professional plumber at the first sign of a smelly drain.

Du-All Plumbers are your go-to-plumbers for any type of smelly drain issue. We can fix any clogged drain and even inspect your sewer line to make sure the problem isn’t arising from there. Give us a call today at 800-481-4100 for all your plumbing and septic tank needs!