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Why Do My Drains Stink?

stainless-sink-drainYour plumbing system plays an integral role in your life each and every day. That is why any problems with your plumbing system really must be resolved as soon as possible. No, this does not just apply to problems such as burst pipes flooding your house. Something like smelly drains, for instance, may not be an emergency. It is a problem that you don’t just want to get used to though, right? If your drains smell bad, there are a few likely culprits.

Today, we’re going to explore a few reasons why you may have foul odors emanating from your drains. If you do, and there is no simple remedy for the problem, then contact our professional plumbers in Mesa, AZ right away. We are more than happy to help resolve the issue so that you can get back to using your plumbing system problem-free. It doesn’t matter if you don’t often have company—nobody should have to put up with sink stink!

Dry P-Trap

Take a look under your sink. You should see a curved pipe beneath the drain in your sink. This is called the P-trap. The function of the P-trap is to prevent sewer gases from coming up through the pipes and out of the drains in your sinks. It’s a simple device: literally just a curved pipe. Why is it curved? So that it retains a bit of water at all times.

That small amount of water is going to provide a barrier the sewer gas cannot get past. If your P-trap has a small leak, or if for some reason there is no P-trap under the sink at all, then there is not going to be an effective barrier to prevent sewer gas from infiltrating your home. When that happens, things can get quite smelly indeed.

Sulfur in the Water

Do you smell something like rotten eggs when you are using your sinks or your bathtub/shower? It is possible that the odor is not even stemming from the drains themselves. It could be coming from the water flowing out of those drains! This is the case when there is a high concentration of sulfur in the water.

If you have a private water supply, then you may need to have a water treatment system installed to deal with the sulfuric odor. If you have municipal water service, contact the utility and inform them of the problem. They may have some answers for you.

Dirty Drains

One of the most common causes of foul odors coming from drains is the most simple: dirty drains! Don’t expect to just pour some liquid drain cleaner down the drain and solve the problem, though. You’re much better off with professional drain cleaning services.

When a professional cleans your drains, he or she is not just going to remove enough of the gunk from the drains for the water to move through. No, this will be a thorough cleaning that will leave nothing behind. That way, your smelly drains won’t resurface in short order. Contact The Sunny Plumber Phoenix to learn more.

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