Common Causes & Solutions For a Smelly Kitchen Sink

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Common Causes & Solutions For a Smelly Kitchen Sink

What’s that awful smell? Is it the trash? That strong odor could indicate a serious problem down your drains. So, don’t ignore it! Here are some reasons why your kitchen sink stinks and what you can do about it. Continue reading!

Clogged Vent Pipes

Blockages in drain pipes are often overlooked plumbing issue. If you noticed a sewer smell coming from your sink, then a clogged vent is likely the culprit. This can be caused by dirt build-up, excessive corrosion, or a bird’s nest.

When this happens, water will start to pool in the sink, causing unpleasant odors. Bring in an expert plumber to diagnose the problem and provide reliable solutions.

Dirty Garbage Disposal

As we spend more time at home this summer because of the COVID-19 threat, that means more work for your garbage disposal. Unfortunately, large amounts of leftovers and other gunk can get stuck on its blades. As a result, the food rots and starts smelling. You can try these quick fixes to get rid of the odor:

  • Run the water in the garbage disposal for about 30 seconds.
  • Drop some ice cubes, salt, and lemon peels.

These solutions will help wash out food debris, making your drain smell fresh & clean. You can also prevent this problem by making sure not to put meat bones, coffee grounds, melon rinds, and other hard food scraps in your garbage disposal system.

Drain Trap Issues

P-traps are plumbing fixtures that prevent debris from clogging up within your sinks. If they aren’t properly installed, they can leak sewer gas into your home. Have a professional plumber to determine exactly the problem if it needs a replacement or repair.

Grease in The Drain

While we find it convenient for us to just pour the grease down the drain, we don’t know the harm that it can cause. It can collect on the sides of your drain and catch food debris, creating a moldy or rotten egg smell. 

What you can do: Use a mix of baking soda and vinegar. Let it sit for about 10 minutes, then pour boiling water into the sink to wash it all away. 

Plumbing Issues in Alaska? Call Us!

Whether your drain line is clogged or you need gas leak repair, our team at Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing is ready to help 24/7. We are your dependable plumbing contractor in Anchorage, AK and surrounding areas. Schedule a service today!