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Main Reasons for Stinky Drains and Smelly Water

Main Reasons for Stinky Drains and Smelly Water

Every homeowner at one time or another will have notice a bad smell coming from the water or from the drains. In most cases, the problem is easily solved, and you don’t have to suffer any longer.

Here are a few DIY diagnostic tests that you can conduct to find out what is causing the problem.

Do You Have Sewer Line Problems?

One way to know if this is the culprit is to test a number of different faucets and drains around your house.

If the smell isn’t limited to a single spot, then it comes down to your sewer rather than individual fixtures or drains.

There may be a break in the sewer pipe that is transporting the wastewater away from your home. Another sign that this is the problem is if gurgling sounds are bubbling from your drains.

It’s advisable to call for help ASAP because a broken or damaged sewer line could present a flood risk for your home.

Funky P-TrapP- Trap

The P-trap is attached to your pipes to facilitate the venting of sewer gases in your home.

There are a few reasons that the P-trap might dry out.

If you’ve got a bathroom, for instance, that is rarely used, the P-trap can dry out and then a foul odor gets produced.

You can fix that simply by running the water. In other cases, sometimes the seal around the P-trap gets broken which can cause it to leak.

Water is meant to be in there to blog the sewer gases (and their smell) from getting into your home. You’ll need to get the seal repaired.

Water Heater Woes

Your water heater is warm and moist, which bacteria love. Multiplying bacteria are what is responsible for many odors coming from your water. This one has a distinctive rotten egg smell.

At the root of this problem is the magnesium anode rod inside your water tank that reacts with the bacteria and produces smelly sulfuric gases.

If you’ve determined that the smell is coming from your water heater, then replace that rod, and you should be good to go.

Blocked Drains and Pipes Blocked Drain

You need air to move freely through your pipes in order to keep smells at bay.

When your pipes are blocked, sewer gases get blocked and actually return towards your home, which is why it smells so bad.

These blockages can be caused by anything really, but are most often caused by food or organic debris, plant matter or animal nesting in your pipes.

To take care of this, avoid putting things down your drains that don’t belong there and get your drains cleaned on a regular basis.


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