What To Do With Drain Odors

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in Drain Cleaning, Sewer Cleaning

Though drain odors may appear to be more of an annoyance rather than a sign of a critical drain issue, in instances where chemical substances, like bleach are used to combat upsetting odors often, it’s probably time to get a professional plumber to look at the pipes. Using chemicals for smells in drains merely hides the odors briefly, when the smell keeps returning. These short lived remedies aren’t addressing the root problem and actually, can be making it more serious.

Smells of Sewage and Drain Clogs

One potential smelly drain offender can be a clog, especially when the smell is potent in the kitchen area or main restroom. Smells of waste or sewer gas can be an indicator of a blockage. This may mean great news since sewer clogs often do not signify the water pipes have to be replaced. Sometimes, if there is a little clog from the home to the outdoors sewage system, the discharge lines may clog. Such a clog in the discharge line might grow until the line is completely closed off. Of course, that may bring about slow drainage, also. To fix the lines, a specialist could be called to snake the water line until all the waste creating the clog is removed. But, the sewer discharge pipes may also be backed up due to a plant root. If this is the case, the piping will almost absolutely need to be replaced as well as the plant taken out.

Smelling Gas

Smelling gas out of ones kitchen drain or shower drain could potentially cause worry, of course. A local plumber¬†will help identify what precisely is the problem. But, this may be an issue with chemical substances. The many chemical drain cleaning products utilized to de-clog, clean, and mask odors in drains might eventually cause the pipes to weaken and leak. The smell of gas can be the result of this type of leak letting in sewer gas. However, if a plumbing expert has confirmed the gas isn’t sewer gas, one might just be encountering build-up of natural waste or an aging pipe. Unfortunately, in both of those situations, it is going to be necessary to replace the piping. If you have got copper pipes, we highly recommend swapping them for PVC pipes. These pipes will help protect against odors, last more time, and perform more effectively.

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Foul smells could indicate a range of issues which, when disregarded, could, undoubtedly, become worse. Do not mask drain smells, get in touch with a plumbing company soon.