How to Fix Smelly Drains
One of first, most noticeable signs of a blocked drain is a rank smell emitting from somewhere in the home. The smell can come before any other warning signs, slow drains for example, and are naturally unpleasant for anyone who catches a whiff.
No doubt that getting rid of the smell will jump to the top of your to do list as soon as you notice it, but how do you remove the smell and prevent it from returning? In this article, we will explain how to fix smelly drains whether they’re inside or outside of your property.
Fix smelly drains inside the house
It won’t take long for you to notice a nasty smell inside your home. The bathroom and kitchen are the most likely culprits, with your toilet, sink, bath and shower prone to clogs and blockages more than anything.
The first thing to try – and the solution that should solve minor blockages in most instances – is to use bleach to clean the offending drainpipe. For sinks, fill the basin with hot water with some bleach mixed in. Let the mixture slowly drain through the pipes, this should clear the blockage and eliminate the smell. For the bath or shower, pour roughly the same amount of the same mixture and let it drain through the pipes.
For toilets, spread bleach around the toilet bowl then flush it down the drain for a quick clean.
If you’d prefer not to use bleach, you can mix baking soda with vinegar and hot water for a similar curative effect.
Fix smelly drains outside of the house
If you wander into the garden – or near a drain cover outside of your home – and notice a sewage smell, then the problem will likely require a bit more attention.
Once the problem has left the internal pipes in your home, the possible causes become much harder to pin down. DIY solutions will probably be ineffective; even if the pipe is blocked somewhere along the line, chances are it will require high pressure jetting to remove, not a simple sprinkling of bleach. The pipe could also be damaged or collapsed, leading to blockages and backups which create strong sewage smells around your home.
For problems outside, you’ll almost definitely need professional help, so contact a drainage contractor to perform an inspection of your drains. A CCTV survey should identify any blockages or damage, which can then be cleared or repaired as needed using safe and effective drainage equipment. Once cleared, the smell should recede quickly.
What can cause smelly drains?
The most common cause for a smelly drain is a blockage caused by organic matter stuck in the drain. In the kitchen, this is usually bits of food, cooking oil, fat and grease. In the bathroom it could be human hair, buildup of grime, or the result of trying to flush certain items down the toilet – namely sanitary products, cotton buds, wet wipes, floss and similar ‘unflushables’.
For external drains, the issue is almost assuredly more complex. It could be a blockage in your pipes, or something much further down the sewer which affects all drains connected to it – a fatberg or drain collapse, for instance.
External drain issues should be dealt with by professional drainage contractors, so contact one as soon as you notice any sewage smells emanating from the outside of your home.
ClearFirst Drainage provide professional drain clearance and repair services when you need them most. If you have a problem with the drains in or around your property, contact us today and we will carry out an in depth inspection before providing the most appropriate solution for your issue. We also provide a rapid response service to keep your drains functioning during an emergency. For more information, get in touch with us today.