What’s That Smell? Plumbing Odors Explained

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(PHOENIX)– Let’s face it: sometimes even the cleanest home can stink. Candles and air fresheners may temporarily mask sewer odors but eliminating the smell requires identifying the source. The experts at family-owned Donley AC & Plumbing are sharing the most common plumbing issues that cause sewer odors.

Stinky sinks

·      Every sink has a drainage system that includes a curved pipe called a p-trap. When the sink is not in use, the p-trap holds water in the curve to seal out sewer gases, often described as smelling like rotten eggs. If the sink is not used regularly, the p-trap dries up and sewer odors escape. Running water down the drain, along with a mixture of vinegar and baking soda can help. If the odor remains, you may need to remove and clean the p-trap or replace it.

·      If the sewer smell comes from the kitchen sink while using the dishwasher, you could have a clogged drain vent on the roof. When working properly, sewer gases come out the vent on the roof, but if there’s a blockage, the gases come up through the sink. A professional can diagnose and remove any debris.

·      If multiple sinks have odor issues, there could be a problem with the sewer line that moves your water to the sewer system and you should call a professional.

·      If the garbage disposal stinks, the culprit could be food buildup. Place a tray of ice cubes and citrus peels in the disposal and turn it on for about 30 seconds. Then, run cold water for a minute.

 

Smelly toilets

·      After being set in place, a toilet is sealed with a wax ring that attaches it to the floor and prevents leaks and odors. If the ring degrades or breaks, it needs to be replaced. If the toilet bowl is loose, it can damage the wax ring seal. In that case, the toilet needs to be reset with a new wax ring.

·      Fluid that becomes trapped in cracks or gaps can lead to bacteria, which can stink. A caulk seal around the toilet base can help.

·      If your toilet flushes fine, the bowl is firmly in place, and the seal is solid, but an odor remains, consider snaking the drain to dislodge any items.

About Donley AC & Plumbing

Jim and Mike Donley and their employees have been providing honest, caring service to Arizonans since 1976. Family-owned Donley Service Center has twice been honored with the Better Business Bureau’s Ethics Award. Donley technicians receive ongoing training to provide the most comprehensive service for air conditioning, plumbing, heating, sewer repair, maintenance management and solar hot water.  www.donleyservice.com

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