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Phew, What's That Smell? Guide To Removing Foul Odors In Your Drains

by April Rivera

Maintaining your home's appeal, value, and function can be challenging. From the basic upkeep of the interior to ensuring your home's exterior and landscaping is in good condition, it is easy to see how you may feel overwhelmed at times. While you may place importance on these tasks, you should also focus on your home's drains. Clogs are common, so you most likely already know how to use a plunger to remove this annoying issue. Unfortunately, you may not know how to address foul odors that linger in your sink drain. Using these tips, you can remove unappealing odors from the drain of your kitchen sink.

Food/Grease Odor

Washing and rinsing dishes in your kitchen sink will cause food to build up inside the drains. Even if you have a garbage disposal, a stubborn residue can accumulate in and around the drain of your kitchen sink. This residue could eventually thicken, possibly clogging up your sink. Of course, the buildup of food inside your drain will also cause unappealing odors, which may linger throughout your kitchen and in your home.

To remove the odor and eat through the heavy buildup of food and grease inside your drain, complete the following steps:

  1. Pour 1 gallon of water into a pot and place it on your stove. Allow the water to heat until it begins boiling rapidly.
  2. Sprinkle 1 cup of baking soda directly into your sink's drain.
  3. Once the water is boiling, remove from the stove and carefully pour half of the water into the drain. Place the pot of remaining water back on the stove. Allow it to continue boiling.
  4. Allow the water and baking soda to combine together and sit in the drain for a few minutes. You will notice a bubbling, fizzing sensation as the baking soda begins dissolving the food residue in the drain.
  5. After a few minutes, pour the remaining boiling water into the drain. This will eat through any remaining food particles while rinsing away the baking soda.

Food and grease can also build up on the blades of your garbage disposal. If you use it frequently, you should spend some time cleaning the disposal to remove foul odors. Place a handful of ice cubes into your drain and turn on the garbage disposal. The disposal's blades will eat through the ice while removing any stubborn food residue. The ice cubes will also sharpen the blades of your garbage disposal.

Rotten Egg Odor

If you are noticing an odor that resembles rotten eggs, it is probably stemming from the presence of hydrogen sulfide. Also known as sulfur, this colorless, invisible gas can be found in your water, causing it to smell and taste like rotten eggs.

If the odor seems to be coming from your sink, consider checking the water to see if it is the main source of the hydrogen sulfide.

To complete this test, fill a glass of water from the faucet and bring it outdoors. Smell the water outdoors to determine if it has the rotten egg smell. Fill another glass of water from a different sink faucet and bring outdoors to smell. If all of the faucets seem to have the same rotten egg smell, the hydrogen sulfide is in your water.

In most instances, a magnesium rod in your water heater causes a chemical reaction that causes the hydrogen sulfide gas to develop. Replacing this magnesium rod with an aluminum rod will prevent further reactions while treating the rotten egg smell.

Odors in your home are normal from time to time, but chronic odors in your drains could be a sign of a plumbing issue. With this guide, you can diagnose and treat foul odors in your drain.

For more information and assistance, contact professional sewer and drain cleaning professionals or visit websites like http://www.twomenandasnake.com.