How To Get Rid Of Drain Smell Quick and Easy
Has it ever happened to you that you come home and as soon as you open the door you get wafted by the disgusting smell of a bathroom drain? The drains in your house can become smelly for a variety of reasons and we’re going to explore them in this article. Not only that, but we’re also going to show you how to get rid of drain smell from your house permanently.
If you’re near Streatham and can’t be bothered messing with drains and literally getting your hands dirty, contact Plumbing Professional and we’ll help you get rid of the smell forever. Our seasoned professionals will fix your drains, so you don’t have to!
What Causes Smelly Drains?
Smelly bathroom or kitchen drains are mainly caused by clogs and buildup, mould or some sort of plumbing problem. Sometimes they weren’t properly installed to begin with, and sometimes they just haven’t been used in a while and start to smell on their own. Most smelly drain issues you can fix on your own unless something is seriously wrong with the plumbing installations. In that case, it’s best to contact a professional plumber and have them inspect the issue.
All drains in your house can start to smell, it doesn't matter whether it’s a bathroom, sewage or kitchen drain. We’re now going to take a look at all the possible problems you may encounter and how to fix them.
Smelly Shower Drain
Shower drains get smelly usually due to either hair and soap buildup, smelly pipes and mould. We’re going to cover their causes and how to get rid of drain smell in detail.
Shower Drain Hair Clog
The most common reason your shower drain smells like sewage is due to the notorious hair clog. This will happen when you don’t have a protective cover over your shower drain and the hair instead builds up inside the drain and pipes. This not only traps the hair, but also the residue soap and dirty water which over time start to smell foul. So, how to get rid of hair in the drain?
Lucky for you, this is quite simple to resolve. All you have to do is purchase one of the various chemical products available in most stores and follow the instructions. Usually, you just pour it down the drain, let it sit without adding water for some time and then rinse it out. These chemical products are so efficient because they dissolve the hair, so be sure to wear gloves when using them. Lastly, don’t forget to buy a drain cover and put it over your shower drain to avoid this happening in the future!
Smelly Pipes or Drain Cover
Another common cause of a smelly shower drain are dirty and smelly pipes and a dirty drain cover. Over time, the soap residue builds up on the shower drain and the pipes, even causing mould to build up. Both of these problems are easy to fix and you can do them on your own.
For the drain cover, just get some mould or mildew remover chemical and scrub it down. You can use either a cloth or even an old toothbrush if it’s especially dirty. For the pipes, you can go out and buy chemicals and pour them down the drain or try the following DIY solution:
This easy DIY solution can even remove clogs, but we still recommend buying proper chemicals for that since you want to be sure you’ve removed them completely, to avoid further issues down the road. Nevertheless, you can do this a couple of times per year to make sure your pipes are squeaky clean!
Smelly Kitchen and Bathroom Sink Drains
If you find that the sewage smell is coming from these two drains, then you can go ahead and follow the DIY solution from above and see if it fixes the issue. Kitchen sinks are especially susceptible to clogs and smell, due to the food buildup. If you find that the DIY solution isn’t enough, then proceed to buy a proper chemical solution and your problem should be fixed.
If after trying out both of these solutions you find that the smell is still there, then it’s a good idea to contact a local plumber and have them inspect the problem. It could be more serious than a simple clog.
Bathroom Floor Drain Sewage Smell
If you have a drain in the floor of your bathroom, then you might have encountered sewage smell rising from it. The root of this smell are the sewage gases that are coming from the pipes. The most common reason this drain is starting to smell is that the trap is dried up. The trap is a U-shaped curve in the drainpipe that is meant to hold water and essentially seal the pipe with the water. That seal doesn’t allow the sewage gases to rise out of the drain. When the water evaporates, the seal is gone and the sewage gases come out.
As you might have already guessed, the remedy to this problem is as easy as just pouring around 2l of water down the central drain in your bathroom. Some amount of water will stay in the trap and form the seal again. Sometimes this drain might get clogged up due to dirt, dust, and other buildups. Usually, it’s pretty accessible and shallow, so you can try unclogging it and cleaning out the gunk with a gloved hand or using a chemical solution.
Contact Plumbing Professional To Have An Expert Fix Your Smelly Drains
There you have it, now you know how to get rid of drain smell on your own. If the smell still isn’t gone or you just don’t have the stomach for it, contact Plumbing Professional and we’ll handle the problem for you as soon as possible.