That noxious smell of sewer gases, or rotten eggs that can leach up from your pipes are not only gross, but they can be warning signs of more serious plumbing issues that need immediate attention by a trained professional. If you are experiencing plumbing odors that you can’t seem to find the source of, we hope you find this guide helpful. We will discuss how to locate, and eliminate these stinky aromas.
Kitchen or Bathroom Sink Smells:
If you observe plumbing odors coming from wither bathroom or kitchen sinks, you should check for leaks in the “s” traps found under the sinks. Sometimes these are also called “u” bends or “s” bends. This section of your plumbing system is designed to hold a small amount of water to act as a seal between your home and the sewer system the pipes drain into. If you discover there is no water in this section, then you have determined the source of the aroma.
The buildup of rancid grease or food particles in your pipes may also be a source of unpleasant odors. This greasy sludge is an ideal breeding ground for odor-producing bacteria. Regular maintenance of your drains and disposal, such as pouring a mixture of vinegar and baking soda down the drain will keep this under control.
Shower or Bathtub Smells:
It can be difficult for a homeowner to actually visualize the portions of plumbing necessary in this case, and it is wise to contact our team here at Clarke & Rush for guidance.
Similar to the “S” trap under your sinks, the water in a toilet bowl acts the same way, sealing sewer gases off from your home. If you do not see water in the bowl, you may have a leak that should be attended to right away. Also, check the wax seal at the bottom of the toilet. These do wear out and require replacing periodically, so a faulty seal lets you know that it’s time.
For more information on plumbing odors , or to speak with a qualified plumber today, contact the professionals at Clarke & Rush. Clarke & Rush has been proudly serving the residential and commercial customers of the Sacramento, CA area since 1963.