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How to Get Rid of Sink Stink

October 14 / 2021

How to Get Rid of Sink Stink

Is your bathroom stinky even far after you have flushed? Is a rancid smell in the kitchen putting off your appetite? Stinky sinks are worse than just bothersome. They can present health hazards. The good news is that the stink does not have to be forever. Your friends here at Rooter Hero Plumbing of Phoenix have a few tricks you can try. These are simple methods that only require a few common household ingredients. In fact, you won’t even have to work a sweat. If these do not work, then there might be something deeper that calls for plumbing work. You can call Rooter Hero Plumbing to hire a qualified plumber if that is the case. We are always ready to help.

What’s the Issue?

If your sinks are smelling up the place, the actual culprit is likely the drains and not the sink itself. The most common reason for foul odors coming out of the sink is a clog. You likely have organic material decaying in the drains, with the resulting odors and gases rising up and out of the drains. It might also be that the P-trap is leaking or faulty. We will address clogs and debris first.

Addressing Clogs

Food scraps, used fats, oils, and greases, and other organic debris stuck in your drains will rot and release foul odors. To get rid of the smell, you will have to get rid of the material causing the stench. Here are a few methods to clear the drains and eliminate that odor.

  1. When you think of baking soda and vinegar, you might picture that volcano project from the science fair. This chemistry works remarkable in plumbing as well. Sprinkle a cup of baking soda into the drains and follow it up with a cup of vinegar. The resulting reaction will fizz and dissolve minor clogs. Allow the mixture to work its magic for about 15 minutes before flushing the drain with hot water.
  2. If you have a garbage disposal, then it is likely that the organic debris is stuck in the unit. Pour a cup of salt into the drain followed by one or two cups of ice. Run the garbage disposal for about 10 seconds.
  3. Similarly, you can use lemons. Peel two lemons and cut each in half. Toss the peeled lemons into the sink drain and throw in one or two cups of ice. Run the garbage disposal for about 10 seconds.

These simple methods should eliminate the odor coming from the sink. If one does not work, then try a second or even all three. If none works, then you might need a sink repair.

Faulty Plumbing

The P-trap is a u-shaped plumbing component that traps gases and prevents them from rising up the drain and into the living space. If the water in the P-trap leaks out, then gases will make way into the living space. Damaged or faulty P-traps should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible. Rooter Hero Plumbing of Phoenix can help.