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Why That Horrid Smell Is Coming From Your Drain

Technician servicing an hot-water heaterHave you noticed a foul odor in your home and pinpointed that it’s coming from your drain? Put down the store-bought chemical cleaner and pick up a phone. When your drain is backed up to the point of stench it’s important to have a professional service your system. There are many varying reasons as to why your drain might smell bad, the only way to be certain of the root of the issue and that you clear it away once and for all is to make a call our team.

When you need drain cleaning in Ogden, UT, our conscientious team is the right group to call. We ensure that all our technicians are trained thoroughly, experienced in their field, and sent off to job sites with the necessary tools to fix any problem our customers have.

Determining the Problem

In Your Kitchen:

Is the problem in your kitchen? Then you might have the following issues.

  • Grease: Noticed that your kitchen sink has a sulfuric smell or moldy odor coming from your drain even after you’ve run the garbage disposal? This is because fat, oil, and grease in your drain often evades your garbage disposal by congealing to the sides of your pipes. Over time, they’ll give off a foul odor. Your kitchen is probably the last place you want to smell a nasty odor like this
  • A Dirty Garbage Disposal: Another problem that people commonly run into is scraps of food getting stuck on the blades of their garbage disposal system. If this is a problem for you, try letting the water run while you continue to run the garbage disposal for another thirty seconds or so—this will help clear off any debris. The best way to ensure that everything stays in shape is to schedule services with a professional plumber.

In Your Bathroom:

If the odor is coming from your bathroom, any of the following could be the culprit:

  • Biofilm: Biofilm is the buildup of bacteria and decomposing debris inside of the drain. This accumulates here over time and becomes tacky, sticky, and glue-like so that it’s hard to get rid of it with just the flow of water. If it sits for an extended period of time it will probably emit a foul odor that you can smell throughout your bathroom. This is definitely not the time for store-bought drain cleaner. We know how tempting it is in situations like these, but you want a professional.
  • Dry P-Trap: A p-trap is the u-shaped pipe under your bathroom sink. This pipe should always contain water so that it blocks any gas from coming up into your pipe. If your p-trap is dry, then it isn’t blocking any of the gas and you might be smelling the sewer gases through your sink. This is especially common in sinks that you don’t use that often as well.

When you need a plumber in Ogden, you can count on the team here at Rentmeister Total Home Service. Contact our team today to schedule an appointment.

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