However, it’s just a fact of life that your dark, moist and nutrient-rich drains are simply the perfect petri dish for this organic gunk to build up and start to reek. But there are a few other causes to consider, too:
- Sewer trap: If the stench is in the bathroom, it could be the P-trap.
- Food & gunk: But it’s probably just decomposing food scraps or other gunk and debris, including soap, skin and hair that’s in a serious state of funk. Ew!
- Bad pipes: If your house is more than a few years old, something could have gone wrong deeper down the pipes, like a blockage.
- Tree roots: One of those pipe problems could be a tree root incursion, especially if you’re hearing a lot of loud gurgling noises.
- Drain flies: They may be small, but put a lot of them together in a drain full of decomposing gunk and a drain fly infestation can really stink!
If you’re really smart, your drains smell despite your best efforts to keep everything smelling more like roses than rotten eggs. The key is simple drain maintenance, like regular thorough cleaning, tipping only the right things down the drain, or the odd kettle of boiling water to unblock your drains (try combining it with baking soda & vinegar for really good results).
Simple DIY: How to fix smelly drains at home
But if you’ve got yourself into a stinking pickle, here are a couple of easy ways to potentially get your drains smelling a whole lot better without calling a plumber:
1. Use baking soda
We mentioned boiling water, baking soda & vinegar above for a very good reason – it really is one of the easiest and most effective smelly drains solutions!
Start with the hot water, and follow it up with half a cup of baking soda. Let it sit for a little while, before adding in a full cup of white vinegar. Now listen to it sizzle that stench away! Finish the process with a full kettle of boiling water.
2. Mix it into a paste
If the smell is more musty than foul, you’re probably breathing in mould fumes. To deal with that, you can whip up a special paste that you then apply to an old toothbrush to scrub the drain with.
The paste is made by mixing baking soda with enough water to turn it into a paste. Simply apply it to the stinky drain and wait long enough to consume a cup of coffee. Then return to the drain with your toothbrush and start scrubbing.
Finish off the process with some boiling water and with a bit of luck, the offending mould will be gone.
Drain smells awful still? Time to call a pro
After all of that effort, it can be disheartening if the easiest smelly drain solutions simply didn’t work. Sometimes the smell is from stagnat water in unused bathroom drains. But the source of the stench could be lying deep within your plumbing system, and the problem could be more serious than you’d like to believe. Blocked stormwater drains and broken pipes can also cause smelly drains.
But don’t worry! Smelly drains are extremely common – which means that Melbourne’s most popular blocked drain experts at Ezy-Plumb know all the tips, tricks and techniques to get them smelling like roses again. We also carry all the best equipment, use all the best tools, parts & products, and back everything up with a lifetime workmanship guarantee. So if your drain smells, get in touch with the professional Melbourne Bayside plumbers at Ezy-Plumb – we’ll fix it!