Plumbing Smells and how to avoid them
Do you have stinky smells coming from your garbage disposal, sink, shower, or other fixture? There are a few reasons behind this stinky smell popping up in your fixture. Continue reading for tips on how to avoid plumbing smells.
Where does the smell come from?
If an odor is coming from your drain or bathroom water, it might be because of sulfur. Hydrogen sulfide gas creates an unpleasant smell. It is produced from bacteria and can be in places such as the ground, the sewage, and/or contaminated water and pipes.
If you are having bad smells in your plumbing fixtures, a possible cause could be a dry trap. If a fixture — such as a basement toilet or sink — is hardly ever used, this could create a bad smell. The water in a toilet could evaporate, which is hard to believe, but it happens quite often. To avoid this simply flush toilets or run sinks that are hardly used. It is recommended to do this at least once for five minutes every few weeks. This keeps the traps from drying out.
How do I get rid of the smell of sewage?
- Use a screwdriver to remove the trap.
- Pour one cup of white vinegar into the drain.
- Follow with 1/4 cup of baking soda.
- Let that sit for two hours with the bathroom door closed.
- Slowly pour a gallon of hot water down the drain.
Keep you garbage disposal in working order.
Watch what you put down your garbage disposal. You can put ice cubes in the disposal to sharpen the blades between uses. Do not put things such as cooking oils or coffee grounds down the disposal. These are damaging to garbage disposals. It is also not a good idea to put hard fruits or produce down the garbage disposal. They can cause clogs or damage to the blades. To help flush something through the garbage disposal, it is recommended to run cold water at full pressure for at least fifteen seconds. This helps clear it as best as possible. You can use a specifically designed garbage disposal brush to remove hard to reach deposits that cause odors and food buildup. If there is a bad smell coming from your garbage disposal you can pour lemon juice down the drain to create a fresh, citrus smell.
The smell could be coming from a broken sewer line.
If you are experiencing unpleasant smells, it could possibly be because of a broken sewer line. If this is a case, you should call Jim Dandy immediately. Prolonging the repairs will only make the situation worse. The sewer system is very important when it comes to your home. If you are looking to sell your home, a newer sewer system will also increase the value of your home. Jim Dandy specializes in sewer system repairs, and we will do our best to make it as cost efficient as possible.
Is sewer gas harmful to my health?
Only under extremely unusual circumstances is sewer gas harmful to your health. Although hydrogen sulfide is a toxic gas, it will not harm people at the concentrations that exist in a house with sewer gas odor problems. Studies have shown that hydrogen sulfide has a depressant effect on the central nervous system in concentrations above 150 ppm.
If you are having any plumbing issues, do not hesitate to call Jim Dandy at 206-966-4548.