Even if you have no other problems with your drain, the pros at Narrow Path Plumbing come across bad odors in drains all the time. There are plenty of things that cause these odors, but regardless of why these icky smells are there, you want to remedy the problem right away.
There are many things you can do to eliminate bad odors in drains. Thankfully, many of them are easy to do. The following are a couple quick ideas about how you can eliminate this problem yourself:
Physically clean out the drain.
Sometimes a drain clog is causing the disgusting scent. The obstruction may not be causing a noticeable slow down for your sink, but hair, slime, and other clogging agents can create some powerful odors.
You can clear out the drain pretty easily through a few different methods including snaking out the drain or using a coat hanger. If the stinky drain has a stopper, pulling out the plug and cleaning it should be enough to take care of the issue.
Clear out your drain.
There are natural solutions you can make to safely clean away any gunk or grime as well. Whatever you do, don’t use caustic chemical drain cleaners; they are dangerous and could damage your pipes.
One solution you can try involves baking soda and vinegar. This mixture can help to clean away the grime responsible for the scent. A mix including approximately 1/3 cup of baking soda to about 1/3 cup of vinegar, according to one recipe idea, should do the trick. The mixture will start to fizz, and you should immediately pour it into the smelly drain. Flush the drain out with hot water after leaving the solution in the drain for anywhere from an hour up to eight.
Pouring boiling water alone into a drain can be effective in clearing away any residue responsible for bad odors. Take a kettle full of boiling water, and pour it down into the drain bit by bit, letting the first pour work away at the grime for a few seconds before pouring more.
There are plenty of things that can cause nasty odors in drains. Some of them can be remedied with the do it yourself solutions listed here. Other times, the problem is something much deeper that is harder to fix, and those are the times that you may want to consider contacting professionals like those at Narrow Path Plumbing to sniff out the problem.