6 Reasons for Stinky Plumbing Problems
Rotten eggs, sulphur, sewage: there are a potpourri of scents that could spell big trouble for your home plumbing.
When you have stinky plumbing problems, that are a few common causes. Learn what they are and how you can work
to maintain your plumbing so little problems don’t become big ones.
1. Dry P-Traps
Underneath sinks, you’ll notice a “u-shape” area of the pipe. There should be a small amount of water in this. It
functions as a seal and keeps sewer gas from coming into your waste pipe. Instead, it goes into the vents and safely
exits your home.
Sometimes, p-traps dry up. If that happens, you may notice a stinky, rotten egg kind of smell. P-traps may dry up
because of bigger issues, such as:
- Pipe leaks
- Not using a waste drain (water evaporates over time)
- Block or clog
What you are actually smelling could be sewer gas, in which case you need emergency plumbing service. In addition
to being unpleasant, it’s unhealthy. If you need emergency plumbing services, call the Strittmatter team (940)
Plumbing isn’t just about liquids. There are plenty of gases emitted from waste and evaporating fluids. Plumbing
systems are designed to safely channel these out of your home.
Smelly sewer gas should filter through designated inlets and outlets. There are a few exit areas that could become
dry, damaged or clogged, resulting in foul-smelling gas. Interior drains can become clogged with things like hair or
food waste. Exterior drains may be clogged with things like debris, leaves, dirt and other buildup.
If any of your vents are clogged, it’s going to disrupt the correct flow of gas. When this gas doesn’t have anywhere to
go, it will permeate your living space. An expert plumber needs to come diagnose and clean out all of your pipes and
3. Water Heaters
You may have a tank or tankless water heater. Both kinds can actually end up with a moist environment, perfect for
bacteria and mold growth. When this growth occurs, you may smell a sulfuric, metallic odor. If you don’t flush and
sanitize, you could end up with a huge health hazard.
At Strittmatter, we work both with traditional and tankless water heaters
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right size water heater for your home.
4. Plumbing Leaks
There are all kinds of plumbing leaks
that could occur in your home. Your plumbing flows through pipes that may be
made of materials like copper, PVC or (if very old) clay. All materials can crack or break over time or when under
pressure. Things like high water pressure or environmental impact can cause stress fractures.
It’s also possible that leaks occur on hardware, faucets or when rubber barriers crack or break. Basically, there are a
ton of reasons you could get leaks. If you do, they may start very small. When you get tiny leaks, with just a slow drip,
it could leave standing moisture.
This moisture will then breed bacteria and mold. Left unnoticed for long enough, this will start to smell. If you identify a
moldy odor at any point in your home, you need to go looking for a leak. If you can’t find one, call us: it could be in
your walls. Mold is not something to mess around with, as it poses a real and serious risk to your family’s health.
5. Sump Pump
If you have a sump pump in your basement, it may have been installed incorrectly. If you’re noticing a persistent foul
odor, it may be that your wastewater is flowing into your sump pump. It should be going into your sewer drain line.
Additionally, if you have set up your washing machine to flow into your sump pump, that water can collect and cause a
stench. First, it’s essential that your sump pump is installed, inspected and maintained. If an expert comes out and
looks at your sump pump, they may immediately identify an issue. Second, check that you have the right size cap on
your sump pump. This will protect it from debris and also keep smelly water inside, so it can’t evaporate and stink up
6. Disposals and Drains
A last possible source of stinky plumbing problems is your garbage disposal and drains. The garbage disposal could
be an obvious culprit. If it isn’t run properly or becomes clogged, you’re up against rotting food waste. This will
obviously start to decompose and cause a stink.
Properly using and maintaining your garbage disposal is essential to its continued function. Don’t skimp out on regular
plumbing maintenance or inspections. Keeping things running will keep you from paying big when they break down.
Drains could also be a culprit of stinky smells. Both in the kitchen and bathrooms, you are constantly filling your drains
with soaps, cleaners and grime. These can coalesce into the perfect storm of soap scum, buildup, bacteria and more
and both clog and stink up your drains.
Be sure to exercise good cleaning practices, scrubbing out the accessible topmost part of your drains. If clogs occur
deeper down, don’t use chemical drain cleaners. Get a plumber out to properly and effectively clean your drains, so
you’re not conducting an unwitting science experiment with bacterial growth and more.
Highland Village Plumbing Service
At Strittmatter, we know that once you’re seeing or smelling symptoms of plumbing issues, time is of the essence. Our
qualified teams will make time to come by and take care of your plumbing problems. Don’t ignore the stink: it’s
definitely a sign that you need a repair of some kind. Sometimes, this is very simple. Don’t wait until it gets more
complex (and costly).
In addition to plumbing repairs, the best plumbers in Flower Mound can help you out with:
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- Bathroom plumbing
- Water heater service
- Kitchen plumbing
- Leak detection and repair
- Drain services
- And more!
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