How To Clean A Smelly Drain
- William Demirdonder
- Dec 17, 2021
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- 15-minute read
Your drains carry a lot of debris and dirt away from the home. Things like food scraps, fats, oils, hair can all get caught in the pipes and over time will create a very smelly drain. Mould, drain flies and old pipes can also cause smelly drains. And if you have a blockage along with your pipe system maybe even a cracked pipe or a logged tree root then, a smell will sooner or later make its way to the drain!
When mixed, bicarb and vinegar form carbon dioxide and sodium acetate which bubbles and cleans the drain walls as it’s flushed down the drain, taking with it any loose debris.
Bi-carb, vinegar, and water are all eco-friendly and will not harm you or your drains.
Be mindful of what you are putting down the drain. Food scraps, fats and oil, hair and debris – they all build up in the pipes and can cause smelly (and sometimes, blocked drains).
You can regularly use the method in this article to clean your drains!
Sometimes, it’s the garbage disposal that needs a good cleaning! Here are a few things you can do to keep your sink’s disposal smelling fresh and working well.
Ice cubes are hard, so they scour the disposal blades while it runs. The cold temperature also helps collect any excess grease in your garbage disposal and carry it away.
SO, turn the disposer and faucet off and push two cups of ice cubes past the rubber flanges into your disposer.
Turn on the cold water tap full blast, then turn on the garbage disposal. Let it run for two minutes.
With the disposer still running, switch the tap to hot water. Let that run for another minute, then turn off both the garbage disposal and the water in that order. If you run hot water through your disposal, you can ensure your drain is free of small clogs, grease and debris.
If you’ve tried cleaning your smelly drain (maybe even a few times) and it still smells, it’s time to call a licensed plumber. Your smelly drain could have larger clogs and blockages further down the pipe or debris which is not easily cleared. A licensed plumber (like us) can investigate and identify the reason for your smelly drain and easily fix the problem.
Our team at Proximity Plumbing is here to help – call us today for a $0 quote on 0420 102 394 for a free quote. We are blocked drain experts and guarantee to be on-site within the eastern suburbs in 30 minutes.
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