You wake up one night to a foul odor wafting through your house. You wake up and wonder what it might be, so you get out of bed and go to the kitchen – you might want to scream when you discover what’s seeping out from beneath your sink after turning on the light!
Okay, not really. However, if you’re noticing foul scents in your house, there’s a high probability that something in your kitchen needs to be cleaned. The following are the most prevalent causes of foul odors in homes:
- Bacteria buildup in drains
- Clogged or broken garbage disposals
- Mold under the sink
- Buildup in ventilation
Learning how to identify the causes of these foul odors is something you might be able to accomplish yourself and repair without the help of an outside organization; but, if these remedies don’t work, you can always call Jay’s Plumbing to come take a look and help you out.
Bacteria accumulates over time, especially when scrubbing unclean dishes and running old food. While all of those particles should be draining via your pipes, the smells and some particles may become stuck inside your disposal’s teeth. An excellent initial step is to run some salt and broken ice down your disposal; the ice chunks will help drive the salt around and remove any remaining food particles. You may also run citrus pieces or even the rinds through the trash after this step to help freshen it up.
You may also use a professional drain cleaner to battle odor-causing germs; if you don’t have any, baking soda and vinegar will suffice. If the sink hasn’t been used in a while, ensure sure the P-trap under the sink isn’t dried up; if it is, running the faucet for a minute or two should suffice.
If you have checked your sink and drains and still have an odor problem, consider checking the vents if possible. You can use a plumber’s snake atop your roof to try and clear the blockage in your vent. Sometimes pouring hot water will also help to clear out any debris.
Sometimes when enough moisture gets trapped, mold can begin to grow. This can happen in the vents, but more than likely you will see this around your sink and cabinets. Keep a careful eye out for signs of water damage or for mold growth. Should you find any mold, that is a huge indicator of a greater leak in your home.
Sometimes there just is no clear answer for where the smell is coming from, and that’s where Jay’s Plumbing comes in to help. Give us a call and we will give your home a quick inspection and get straight to solving the problem. Get the monster from under your sink taken care of with Jay’s Plumbing today!