How to Get Rid of Drain Odors

How to Get Rid of Drain Odors

The Holidays are a time full of family, food and lots of cooking! This means that your plumbing and drainage system generally gets more use and in a shorter period. Overloaded pipes and drains can end up smelling from all the excess food, cooking and putting things down your drain. To prevent drain odors from creeping into your home during and after the holidays, here are three ways you can get rid of drain odors and keep your drain and sewer systems working properly through the season.

Helpful Tips for Eliminating Drain Odors

Hot Water and Dish Soap

If you have a disposal, and you smell something coming from your sink, try using hot water and dish soap. First, put a stopper in your drain and fill your sink with hot water. Add a squirt of dish soap, turn on the disposal, and take out the stopper. This will allow the disposal to fill up with water and flush through the drain and kitchen pipes. This will take care of any sediment or film that is causing the smell.

Lemon Peels, Coarse Salt, and Ice Cubes

If you still have a funky smell after you have tried the hot water and dish soap trick, this three-step process takes cleaning your drain a step further by helping to clean the disposal blades, and help clear them of any lingering food particles. Start your disposal and take a handful of ice cubes, and a handful of kosher salt, and toss them into the disposal. Do this twice then follow up by throwing in a few lemon peels for freshness.

Preventative Maintenance

For regular drain cleaning and odor prevention you can clean your drain a couple times a month. This will help to prevent build up and keep the disposal clean. We recommend making ice cubes in small muffin pan made with lemon slices (quartered), and white vinegar. When you are ready to clean your disposal, take a few of the ices cubes out of the tray and put them down your disposal with it running. Be sure to have your water on to help with the cleaning process.

For more plumbing and drain maintenance tips, keep up with us here on the High 5 Plumbing blog. We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


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