Why does my drain smell?

Why does my drain smell - Plumbing Adelaide - Modern Era Plumbing

Ever brushed your teeth or washed your hands and been overwhelmed by an uninvited scent from your bathroom drain? You may even just be walking past the bathroom and get a waft. There’s a couple of reasons why your drain might be smelly. If you’re asking yourself “Why does my drain smell?” we’ve got the answers here. If you need us to come take a look for you, give us a call on 0400 386 991.

Dried out p-trap

If you sewer like smell is coming from your drain you may have a dried out p-trap. A p-trap is a device in your plumbing that prevents the sewage odorous from rising. It’s the U-shaped section of the pipe under your sink that that holds the water. If the pipe has not been used for a while or is dried out it can allow sewer gas to rise. Usually running water for a period of time will wet the pipe again, but if the smell persists, call your plumber.

Why does my drain smell? Plumbing Adelaide - Modern Era Plumbing

 

Bacteria in your water tank

If you’re detecting a stench in your hot waster, it may be that bacteria has managed to infiltrate your water tank. Try turning the taps/shower onto it’s highest heat. This should kill the bacteria. If not, give us a ring and we’ll come take a look for you.

Why does my drain smell? Plumbing Adelaide - Modern Era Plumbing

 

Sewage line issues

You might leave the house for work and get a strong whiff of sewage. This generally means the council are working on the sewage lines. If they aren’t, you might just need to clear out your home’s ventilation.

Why does my drain smell? Plumbing Adelaide - Modern Era Plumbing

If you’re struggling to ditch the whiff, get in touch with Modern Era Plumbing. Our friendly, experienced team of plumbers will be able to help you find the problem and fix it for you!

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