Have you had a chance to read our last blog yet? If you have, then you know that there are many reasons why your drain could be stinky. To recap, our Edwardsville plumber talked about a few of the most common causes of a stinky drain, including trapped food, leaks in your sewer and septic lines, trapped FOG and hydrogen sulfide gas, which could be an indicator that you have a problem with your water heater.

What should you do about a stinky drain?

If you have a stinky drain because of…

  • Trapped food – Regularly flush out your drain! By rinsing your drain at least once a week with white vinegar and baking soda, you can remove and flush food particles that have been trapped in your drain.
  • Trapped FOG – You can treat FOG the same way that you treat trapped food, by flushing your drain with baking soda and white vinegar. There is a common myth that claims that you can melt the FOG by pouring boiling water down your drain, but when the FOG cools again, it will solidify once more and form a clog even deeper into your pipes, so don’t try to correct the problem with boiling water! If the baking soda and vinegar doesn’t take care of the problem, call in a professional.
  • A problem with your sewer or septic system – This can be a sign of a leak in a septic or sewer line, a backflow issue or a wide variety of other serious problems with your septic or sewer lines. Call in an expert right away!
  • Hydrogen sulfide gas – There are several different things that can cause the rotten egg smell of hydrogen sulfide gas, and the best way to determine how to proceed is by contacting a plumber.