Bizarre Bathroom Battles: Drainage Smell
Have you ever walked into your bathroom and instantly detected an unidentified odor? If you’re reading this then you’ve probably been fighting this relationship with your bathroom. I mean how could it do this to you after all the cleaning you’ve been doing. We understand. Sinks and bathtubs are notorious for developing unpleasant smells because various things can go wrong inside the pipes. Some of which are,
- Clogged vent pipes
- Sewer gases
- Plumbing errors
The list goes on and on. Now, it’s is our job to help you break up with this problem and don’t worry, It’s not you, it’s the bathroom. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Hot Water
- Baking Soda
- White vinegar
- Rubber Gloves
Now that you have everything you’ll need, there are various ways to eliminate this foul odor. Many people find that the best way to solve this issue, is to combine every method together.
Clean the Drain Stopper
Using rubber gloves, remove the stopper from the sink or bathtub and wash out any debris lodged in it using soapy water and vinegar. Place the stopper back and lock it into position.
Clean the Sink P-trap
The P-trap creates foul odors either through bacteria settled, or from lack of water inside the pipe. The water is used to block smells coming into the home through connecting drainage pipes. Remove the curved pipe beneath the sink using a wrench. Empty out any water or gunk from the trap into the bucket. Take the pipe outside and hose it down, washing it thoroughly with soapy water and vinegar. Reassemble the p-trap back before using the tap again to ensure it is filled with water.
Pour Baking Soda and Vinegar Down the Drain
Run hot water into the drains for several seconds, and then turn the water off. Pour one cup of baking soda followed by two cups of vinegar. Let the concoction fizz for an hour, then flush the drain with hot water. Be sure to do this at least once a month.
Note: To prevent future odors, pour a gallon of near-boiling water down the drain once a week and occasionally run water in rarely used sinks the keep the p-trap full of water and there you have it; three simple steps to help you win the bizarre bathroom battle. Be sure to clean your bathroom thoroughly once a week and check out our last post to see effective homemade cleaning products for your pristine pleasure. Take it a step further by hiring us to kick the dirt to the curb in your home. Till then, stay clean, stay safe warriors.