When you have washed any dirty dishes and cleaned the sink, you may still notice an unidentifiable odor. If you investigate further, you are likely to find that this unpleasant smell is coming from inside your kitchen drain
, which can leave many homeowners completely clueless about how to resolve the issue. Many may try to use bicarb, lemons or another home remedy, but once this fails, you may wonder if drain cleaning can eliminate this odor.
The Drain Cleaning Basics:
Unless it is a septic or sewer line problem, the smell coming from your drain is not likely to be a permanent issue. In most cases, the smell is caused by an accumulation of debris that is breaking down, so drain cleaning would seem like the obvious solution.
The process of drain cleaning is conducted by a professional plumber who uses specialist tools to carefully remove any accumulation of debris inside your pipes. This debris can include soap scum, hair, food particles or fats, oil, and grease. Unfortunately, many other things can become stuck in the drain and require professional attention to be removed. Most drain smells are caused by grease and other types of food matter, as they begin to spoil. This type of accumulation can also cause slow running water, so it is important to have it properly checked.
Other Benefits of Drain Cleaning:
A proper drain cleaning can not only eliminate nasty drain smells, but it can also offer a number of other benefits. These include that any debris can be removed without damage. Although there are DIY tools such as plungers and drain snakes available, it can be difficult to properly remove any gunk in your drains without breaking anything.
Another benefit is that cleaning eliminates the frustration of slow drains. If you have experienced slow water drainage in your sink or tub, after the cleaning, the wastewater will be able to flow more freely.
Cleaning will also reduce the risk of future clogs. Clogs don’t tend to be an overnight problem, as they can take weeks or months to develop. This means that a thorough clean will remove any debris that is starting to accumulate that could have turned into further clogs.
Whether you have noticed a nasty smell around your drain or your kitchen sink has started to drain slowly and back up, drain cleaning could be very beneficial. A professional drain cleaning will help to maintain your plumbing in proper working order and reduce the risk of flooding. A professional plumber will also take the opportunity to check your plumbing system to determine if there are any other underlying reasons why your drains are not operating as effectively as they should. This will mean that you can avoid the frustration and potential health risk of dirty wastewater flowing back into your home, should a problem develop further. So, rather than spending hours trying out home remedies and harsh chemical products, why not consider professional drain cleaning to eliminate any nasty drain odors as soon as possible.
By Giovanni Longo President Flood Brothers Plumbing
Giovanni Longo is a 3rd generation master plumber who has been practicing his craft and trade in the greater Los Angeles area for well over a decade and a half. A plumbing and hydraulics-engineering innovator, Giovanni’s particular world-class expertise focuses on dealing with challenging sewer system designs as well as resolving complex commercial and residential draining issues. As a certified Flood Mitigation expert, he is also well versed in a wide variety of water damage and remediation solutions.