When you walk into your kitchen, you expect to smell something pleasant. Perhaps your spouse has bacon frying on the stove, or maybe cinnamon rolls are baking in the oven, or perhaps it is just the pleasing smell of cleanliness that greets you. Walking into a nice-smelling kitchen is definitely one of home’s greatest comforts. However, if you have ever walked into the room and an odor smacks you in the face, you know how upsetting that can be. You run to the trash to see what was put in there the night before, but the smell is not coming from the trashcan. You sniff your way around the kitchen only to discover that the nasty odor you smell is coming from your kitchen sink. What do you do?
There are two common reasons for a stinky sink:
- Rotting food in your drain or garbage disposal
- Gas leaking in through the drain trap or vent (has a sulfur smell)
Many people do not realize that food particles left after meals should not be rinsed down the drain. Over time, rotting food will build up in the kitchen sink drain and garbage disposal. The best way to avoid an unpleasant rotting smell is to be very mindful of what you put down the drain. Try to avoid rinsing grease, fats, and oils down the drain. It is also beneficial to use a sink trap to cover the opening of your kitchen drain. These inexpensive traps can be purchased at most stores, and they will “trap” even small food particles from going down the drain. You will simply empty them in the trashcan when they fill up – which is very easy to do.
If your sink has a rotting smell, you can use a natural at-home solution to take care of the smell. Sprinkle a half cup of baking soda down the drain and then pour 1 cup of white vinegar into the drain. Let the ingredients foam up and sit in the drain for a few minutes, and then follow it up by pouring hot water down the drain. This will help clear your drain and get rid of the smell.
Now, if you smell a sulfur smell, this typically indicates a clog in your drain. If organic materials start to decay within the drain pipes, they will give off a sulfur odor as these materials breakdown and release gases. If the at-home solution of baking soda + vinegar does not unclog your pipe, it’s time to call in the professionals.
At Atlanta Leak Detection, we know that water damage can result in financially crippling repair costs. By addressing small concerns from the start, you can avoid extensive disruptions to your everyday life.