Why Drains Smell and How The Problem Can Be Fixed

If you find that there is a foul odour in your bathroom, it’s time to pay attention. Every aspect of the drainage system is designed to ensure that no foul odours enter your home. However, a failure in the system, disuse, or misuse can result in smelly bathroom areas.

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Causes Of Smelly Drains

Here is some information on why drains smell and how the problem can be fixed.

  • Disuse- This is a very common reason why drains start to smell, and the problem is also the easiest to fix. If a guest bathroom or some other bathroom space hasn’t been used for a long time, it can cause the water in the P-trap to evaporate. You can try to run some water into the drain, and once the P-trap has filled with water, it will prevent the foul odours from seeping into the bathroom or shower spaces. If the foul smell is emanating from a bathroom or kitchen space that is currently being remodelled, you can cap the drain till all the fixtures are in place. That will take care of the problem.
  • Leaks in the P-Trap Area– If you find there is a foul smell coming from a drain in a bathroom that’s in regular use, check whether there is any leakage around the P-Trap. If there is a crack or any other form of damage, that can cause sewer gas to leak into the bathroom space. Clogs are another common cause of smelly drains, and you can call in a plumber to address the problem if the clog is too stubborn.
  • Unclean Drainage System- While drains are meant to collect and channel waste into the city drains, accumulated dirt, grease, debris, soap, etc. can emanate a stink over time. The best way to make sure this doesn’t happen is to pour some eco-friendly drain cleaner into the drains with regularity. You can also use a mixture of vinegar and baking soda and follow that up with some hot water. Make sure that the hair-strainers are cleaned regularly as well.
  • Cracks in Drain Pipes– Since most drainage pipes are concealed under floors and behind walls, problems such as cracked or damaged pipes may not always be evident. But if you notice a foul smell in your bathroom, wet patches on ceilings or walls or see dirty water seeping in through the joints in bathroom tiles, you need to hire a plumber to deal with the problem.

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