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smelly drain

Modern plumbing systems are great in every way. They help ensure our homes stay hygienic, efficiently remove sewage and waste and prevent diseases from spreading on our property; and very importantly, they ensure that all the mess stays away from your home.

While this system does work like a well-oiled machine in most cases, there are times when it can fail which results in the spread of foul odours in our homes. This problem is quite common on both commercial and residential properties, and smelly drains will need some investigation to identify what the root cause is; the good news is that most of these problems are easy to fix.

If you have detected foul odours emanating from the drains in your home, don’t hesitate to contact your local licensed plumber for help as these problems can sometimes be complex too. Some of the common reasons why there may be smelly drains in your house include:


#1 Drying up of the P trap

If you haven’t used the shower, sink or bath in a while, the water that collects in the P-trap located adjacent to the drains may evaporate; it causes the foul smells to spread into your home. This is a common occurrence in guest bathrooms or sinks that aren’t used often. All you have to do to solve this problem is to allow some water to run into the drain; this will flush the insides of the drains and the P-trap will get refilled too.


#2 Blockage in the drains

This is another common reason for foul-smelling drains. Fat, grease and oil, as well as food remnants and hair, can clog the drains which can prevent them from flowing freely – and this results in a foul smell. The problem can be easily addressed by using a drain strainer as it stops the hair and food from being washed down drain pipes. In fact, this simple solution can help prevent expensive repairs down the line.


#3 Wet wipes cause blockages

This clog generally occurs in toilets. People simply flush wet wipes down the toilet because most brands mention the wipes are “flushable”. While just a few of them won’t cause a block, hardly anyone is judicious with their use. When excessive amounts of wet wipes that get flushed down the toilet, it doesn’t take long for a major blockage to build up.

These blocks aren’t easy to remove and you would have to hire the services of a plumber to clear the drain clog. This is why you and your family should make it a point to discard wet wipes in the rubbish bin rather than flush them down the toilet.


#4 Cracks or damage in pipes

The smallest cracks and fissures in drain pipes can result in problems that can cause foul odours to build up in the system. If you suspect that your drain pipes have become damaged in any way, contact your plumber without delay.

#5 Poorly-installed plumbing

If you find yourself trying to clear the drains just too often in an attempt to get rid of the foul smells, the problem could be caused by poorly-installed plumbing or repairs that have been handled by novices. While pipe and drain installations may look simple from the outside, improper installation can result in problems including smelly drains.

We at CPC Plumbing respond quickly and fix all types of drain and other, which provides our clients value for money. You can call us on 0413 131 216 or use this online form to send queries and service requests and we will revert within a short time.

Thanks for reading,
CPC Plumbing
0413 131 216

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