No homeowner wants to think about stinky drains, but the simple truth is that it happens. Your drains remove a wide variety of items and materials, and if there is enough build-up on the inside of the piping, you may end up with a stinky drain. There are a few reasons why drains can become odoriferous, as we’ll outline below, and some may require drain repair. DIY plumbing is never a good idea unless you really know what you are doing so if you are in need of plumbing repair, call the experts at The Trusted Plumber in Phoenix today.

Causes of Odors

Here are some of the ways your drains can become odoriferous:

Trapped FOG

FOG (fats, oils and grease) can make for some very smelly build-up. Not only is the FOG itself an odor generator, there are almost always food particles trapped in it, and as these particles spoil, they, too, can release an odor. FOG should never be put down your drains, even if you have a garbage disposal. Instead, remove all FOG by first dumping it into a used tin can and then disposing the can with your regular trash.

Hydrogen Sulfide Gas

Hydrogen sulfide gas is the fancy way of describing the rotten egg smell that can develop in water from excess sulfide gas. While this problem emanates from your water, and very often from your hot water heater, it can cause your drains to smell until the problem is resolved. There are a few causes of “rotten egg smell” and it’s best to have an expert determine and remediate the cause.

Problems with Septic or Sewer

Sometimes leaks in your septic or sewer line can cause your drains to smell. This can be a fairly serious situation as it can indicate a backflow issue or other problem with your home’s main sewer or septic line.

Trapped Food

Food particles can get stuck inside your drain and spoil, causing a foul odor. Rinsing your drain once a week with baking soda and white vinegar can help remove these particles and flush them out of your system.

Foul odors from your plumbing system can be an indication that a problem exists, so it’s best not to ignore it. The experts at The Trusted Plumber offer professional drain repair service in the Phoenix area. Call us today to schedule an appointment with us!

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