We've all heard them -- horrible drain stories. Whether it's losing a piece of jewelry down the sink or an unpleasant odor that you just can't shake, drains can be a big hassle. It’s not uncommon for recalcitrant shower drains to hold on to clumps of hair, which are notorious for holding on to odors. There are a number of reasons your drains might be paining you, but here are the three most common:
1. Your kitchen sink needs a bath.
If you have a garbage disposal, then your kitchen sink probably smells strange on a fairly frequent basis. This is because people often let the power of being able to pulverize virtually anything go to their heads. Ergo, step one of getting rid of that weird smell is to start scraping your dishes into the actual garbage. In addition, it’s best to do an odor-neutralizing treatment at least once a week. You can find numerous recipes online, but they all involve baking soda, boiling water, and vinegar in some configuration.
2. Your shower drain needs some compassion.
We don’t usually think of hair as contributing to a stench problem, but leave it down the drain long enough and it will smell purely awful. Your plumber can easily fix a hair clog, but they’re totally preventable with some common sense measures. Make sure to brush your hair before you take a shower. This will get rid of the loose stuff; you’ll have to pick up anything else from the shower floor once you’re done.
3. Your basement drains need an exorcism
The stench of unwashed drains is a smelly problem that plagues so many basements, but that doesn’t mean that a stink is inevitable. To keep things in tip-top shape, take yourself down to the basement every three months or so and remove the drain covers. Pull out any buildup or scrub it off with an old toothbrush, and then follow up by pouring a bucket of hot water down each drain. Once the water has worked its way down, take a fifteen minute break and then finish with the same sort of treatment you gave your kitchen sink.
Of course, sometimes all the prevention in the world doesn’t matter—your drains stink, and you have no idea why. If you’ve got a mysterious plumbing issue (or one that’s just gotten away from you), then you need to contact All Plumbing, Inc. The plumbers here at All Plumbing not only have extensive experience with drain cleaning, they can also perform hydrojetting or repair your sewer line and your water main. For more information, visit our website or call (703) 525-7973 today.