Stinky Drains

We all want to live in a comfortable environment. As a homeowner, you want your time at home to be pleasent. Having said that, if you are dealing with bad smelling water and stinky drain, achieving that comfortable environment is near impossible.

If you are trying to figure out why your drains or water have started to smell, there are three main reasons. With the help of a professional plumbing contractor there issues can be taken care of quickly

1. Ventilation Issues

Issue: Homes these days tend to have ventilation systems in place to remove sewer gases. These systems are pretty straight forward. By allowing atmoshperic pressure inot the home they allow air and gas to escape into the outdoor environment.

One problem that these systems can become clogged over time. There are different reasons for this including:

  • An animal’s nest is blocking the exterior vent.
  • A large amount of snow has blocked the ventilation.
  • Debris or leaves are clogging up the vent.

Solution: If you have a simple clog, it can easily be removed if in a safe and accessible location. Otherwise, call your local plumbing expert.

They can work safely to remove the clog, without harming any animals or damaging your ventilation system.

2. Water Heater

Issue: Given the nature of their evironemt, smelly bacteria loves to find its way into water heaters.

You have probably smelled that tell tale “rotten egg” odor caused by large number of these bacteria interact with sulfur and metal components within a plumbing system. This smell can spread quickly throughout your home and pollute your water.

Solution: The best way to deal with this issue is a good water heater cleaning.  Use hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), which works to kill the bacteria within a water heater without damaging the water heater itself.

Luckily, hydrogen peroxide is also safe for the environment, as it breaks down into oxygen and water.

If you’re still finding a foul smell coming from your water heater, you might want to consider replacing your anode. The anode is a metal bar located in the water heater, and is commonly made from magnesium or aluminum.

These metals interact with the sulfur and bacteria, and add to the foul smell. Instead, install an anode made of both zinc and aluminum, as this will help to limit the number of bacteria present.

3. Dry P-Traps

Problem: The u-shaped part of a drain commonly found in post homes is called the p-trap. This trap contains water, forming a seal against the escape of sewer gases into a home.

Instead, the gas is directed to a ventilation system, leading it out of a home and into the outside environment.

P-traps can dry out, due to a variety of reasons:

  • If there is a leak in the p-trap.
  • If a blockage has caused the water to siphon out.
  • If the drain has not been used for an extended period.

Solution: To solve a dried-up p-trap problem in a pipe that has not been used as of late, simply run the tap for a few minutes.

This water flow will refill the p-trap and re-form the seal.

This eliminates the escape of sewer gas through the drain. However, if the smell is coming from a pipe that is often used, inspect the drain for more pressing issues.

Call Reed Plumbing immediately at (925) 371-5671, as these leaks and blockages can quickly create a larger, more critical plumbing issue.

Stinky Drains