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Here’s Why Your Drain Smells So Awful

bubbling-sinkDo you walk past your kitchen sink and smell an awful stench? Maybe you notice the same from your bathroom sink when you’re washing your hands or when you’re in the shower rinsing your hair. Bad smells coming from any drain in your home are pretty hard to ignore, if this is an inconvenience in your home that you’re experiencing then make sure that you contact our team sooner than later.

Plugging your nose around your sinks isn’t an effective means combatting the issue. Make sure that your plumbing in Bloomington, IL is always up to par with our services. We’ve served McLean County since 2002 and we understand the needs of homeowners here—we’ll always provide you with the best service possible the first time around.

Causes of Drain Odor

Here are the main causes of drain odors in your home.

Biofilm: Do you ever think about the amount of waste that your bathroom sees daily? It’s more than just the obvious, your bathroom sees toothpaste, soap scum, shaving cream, and dead skin cells too. Unfortunately, your pipes create the perfect environment for smelly bacteria to flourish because they’re warm, dark, and often wet. Biofilm is a slimy black gunk build up that often finds its home in your pipes under these conditions.

This problem isn’t hard to treat but you do need a professional on your side. If your biofilm becomes particularly severe then we’ll need to disassemble the pipes underneath your needs and extensively clean them.

Your Sewer: If it looks like sewage, walks like sewage, and smells like sewage—then it’s probably sewage. Waste from all your water eventually travels down to the same place so the runoff from your bathroom sink shares a pipe with the sewage down the line. There are two main elements of your plumbing that keep that element together (the P trap and the vent) and when these systems malfunction it can cause sewer gases to leak into your home. If you’re smelling sewage, be sure to call a plumber.

Blockages: Got a clog? When you have a blockage in your system then it can definitely cause a foul odor in your home depending on the source. If you run water down your sink and notice that it starts to pool easily then you’re suffering from blockage. Don’t rely on online how-to videos or tutorial articles to help you alleviate this problem—you want a professional. If you’re worried about the pricing, come to our team. We understand the plumbing is necessary, so we always provide our service at affordable options.

Water Issues: Sometimes, the odor you’re smelling stems from your water heater. Sulfates in your water heater can cause your water to smell. A lot of the time this happens when certain bacteria enter your hot water heater and cause your water heater to smell. If you’re noticing that sulfate or rotten egg smell in your home then you need a professional.

If you’re looking for a great plumber in Bloomington then contact our professional team here at Pipeworks Inc.

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