Sometimes you might walk into your kitchen or bathroom and think something just doesn’t smell right. Some of those bad odors can be caused by issues in your plumbing and finding the root cause can be tricky. However, there are more common causes to bad plumbing smells that you can identify and maybe even resolve yourself.

One such issue comes from the kitchen sink, where your garbage disposal is. That convenient tool is there to help your plumbing, so why is it causing a problem now? Well, debris can build up on the inside of your garbage disposal over time, and food waste that isn’t properly disposed of will develop an unpleasant stench. 

There is plenty you can do to keep your garbage disposal working at its best, and once you have cleared away the problem, you should also have cleared away the smell. Keep maintaining your garbage disposal so you won’t experience those bad smells again.

Walking into the bathroom and catching a whiff of something bad can be from many reasons, but if the smell is coming from the sink, you could have a problem in the p-trap. The p-trap is the curved portion of pipe beneath your sink, and its purpose is to hold enough water to prevent sewer gas and odors from coming up and out from your drain. 

P-traps are also found beneath showers and toilets, and when those are used infrequently, their p-traps can dry up. Your solution is to cycle water through those fixtures regularly to ensure that enough is held in the p-trap to stop the odors.

When your sink is both smelly and slow to drain, the issue could be from biofilm build-up. The accumulation of waste comes from oil, shampoo, soap, or creams, and when enough of it builds up, natural bacteria will cling to it and feed on it, causing the smell.

You can clear out biofilm easily by pouring roughly one or two gallons of hot water down the drain, followed by a cup of white vinegar and a half cup of baking soda. After letting it sit for about two hours, run hot water down the drain again.

Unfortunately, not all problems are in easy-to-reach spots. Many things can cause damage to your sewer line, such as tree roots, and cause leaking sewage. Smelling that sewage from your drains, or even from outside your home, is a sign that you need to call a professional.

Whatever, and wherever your problem may occur, you can trust the team at Kellermeier Plumbing to clear out any bad odors caused by your home’s plumbing. For more information on your responsibilities, or for any plumbing services, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134 today.