Stinky Drain? Follow These Steps To Eliminate The Odor

A smelly drain can stink up the whole room, and even the whole house. Worse yet, when a drain stinks, it's usually an indication that grease, grime, mold, and other undesirable items are building up within it. If you don't do something to fight the problem, you're likely to have a clogged drain soon. So, follow these steps to de-stink a smelly drain before the problem gets any worse.

Step 1: Plunge

It may sound silly to plunge a sink that's not clogged, but in fact this step serves an important purpose. It helps loosen any larger chunks of grime that are caked onto the inside of the drain, helping the next steps you take to be more effective. Turn the water on, and place the plunger over the sink opening. Plunge up and down with a few powerful strokes. You might see some grime come back up and then get rinsed down the drain – this is a good thing!

Step 2: Clean with baking soda and vinegar.

This step serves several purposes. First, the bubbles and acidic nature of the vinegar help break down some of the materials that may be smelling up your drain. Second, the baking soda helps eliminate odors. Pour about a cup of baking soda down the drain, and then follow it with a cup of white vinegar. Let the mixture work for about an hour.

Step 3: Pour boiling water down the drain.

After the baking soda and vinegar have had time to work, bring a pot of water to a boil, let it cool just slightly, and then pour it down the sink. This will rinse away the baking soda-vinegar mixture and any grime it has loosened, and it will also free up any lingering greasy residue.

Step 4: Finish with bleach water.

You can skip this last step if you'd rather not use bleach in your home, but it's a good extra preventative measure. If, by chance, any mold was not killed by the other mixtures, the bleach water will kill it so that the odors don't come back any time soon. Just mix about a cup of bleach into a gallon of water, and pour it down the sink. Wait an hour before using the sink again so that the bleach has plenty of time to work.

Once your drain is no longer smelly, commit yourself to taking some preventative measures to keep it that way. Pour some baking soda and vinegar down it once a month or at the first sign of any minor odors. Contact a business, such as Garabedian Plumbing & Heating Inc, for more information.   

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