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A Bad Smell from a Sink Drain

Updated:2013-07-31 16:05:06

Bad smells coming from a sink or shower drain are not uncommon. Drains are breeding grounds for bacteria that can emit a foul odor. kitchen sinks in particular often are the worst offenders with all the bits of food that end up clinging to the sides of the drain. Keep your drain odor-free by giving it good deep-cleaning every few weeks.

                                                

Causes
The two primary causes of foul odors in sink drains are bacteria and rotten food or gunk, which may consist of trapped hair, soap and dirt. Bacteria often accumulate in areas where the pipe bends or in pipes that aren't used often, such as the pipe that serves the overflow area in a shower room sink. The smell it gives off is similar to rotten eggs and is quite unpleasant. Rotting food and gunk emit an equally unpleasant odor, but it is more organic. Other, less common causes are a sewer backup or too many sulfates in the water, which can happen if you have a well. Have the water tested immediately if you suspect the odor arises from one of these problems, as the solutions to both will require calling a professional.
Bacterial Odors
Liquid bleach kills bacteria on contact and will eliminate the accompanying odor. Wear some gloves to protect your hands and open nearby windows, as bleach has a strong odor. Then, simply pour the bleach down the drain, whether it's a shower, kitchen or overflow drain. You may have to repeat this when you smell the odor again, as it is not a permanent solution.
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