Why Do My Drains Smell Bad? Common Causes and Solutions


Are you noticing a foul odour coming from your drains? You may be wondering what’s causing it. And more importantly, how to get rid of it. There may be several reasons why your drains smell bad. Keep reading as we discuss the most common issues that cause drains to smell. Additionally, we provide solutions to these drainage issues.

1. Drains smell bad due to a buildup of debris and bacteria

One of the most common causes of smelly drains is a buildup of debris and bacteria. Over time, food particles, hair, soap scum, and other materials can accumulate in your drains. This creates a breeding ground for bacteria. Consequently leading to foul odours emanating from your sink or shower drain. To prevent this, make sure to regularly clean your drains. Using a mixture of baking soda and vinegar or a commercial drain cleaner. We recommend cleaning your drains yourself on a monthly basis. However, for optimal drain health, opt for an annual professional drain cleaning solution. Additionally, we recommend using a drain strainer to catch debris before it goes down the drain.

2. Clogs in the drain

Another common cause of smelly drains is clogs. When water can’t flow freely through your pipes, it can become stagnant and create unpleasant odours. A variety of issues can cause drains to clog. Including hair, food particles, and grease. To prevent clogs, make sure to dispose of food waste properly. Avoid pouring grease down the drain. And use a drain strainer to catch hair and other debris. If you do experience a clog, try using a plunger or a drain snake to remove it. However, if these methods don’t work, you may need to call a professional drain company. Additionally, if clogs reoccur you will definitely need a drainage professional.

3. Sewer line issues

In some cases, the cause of smelly drains may be more serious. Such as issues with your sewer line. If you notice a foul odour coming from multiple drains in your home, it could be a sign sewer issue. For example a crack within the line. Or complete pipe collapse. In this case, it’s important to call a professional drain company ASAP. So, they can assess the situation and make any necessary repairs. Ignoring sewer line issues can lead to costly and potentially hazardous problems down the line.

Total Drain Cleaning is available 24/7 for all drain services. If your drains smell bad, call our team now and we will be with you ASAP.

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