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It’s the smell of rotten eggs and sewer gasses; the smell you can’t avoid. Plumbing odors aren’t only unpleasant, but they can often signal potentially dangerous plumbing problems that need to be quickly addressed for everyone’s sake. If you are victim to nasty plumbing odors that you can’t seem to find, here is a handy room-by-room guide to finding and clearing the stink.

Kitchen or Bathroom Sink Smells: If plumbing odors seem to arise from the sink, check first for leaks in the drain traps found beneath the sink. These pipes are “S” shaped in order to hold an amount of water as a barrier between the sink and the sewage system, preventing sewer smells from entering your indoor air environment. If there’s no water in that “S”, then you’ve found your odor source.

Another big problem that might arise with your kitchen sink is the the buildup of rotten grease and food particles. This sludge creates a breeding ground for odor-causing bacteria. This can be kept under control with regular maintenance acts such as pouring a cleansing mixture of baking soda and distilled white vinegar down drains.

Shower or Bathtub Stinks: Begin with checking for leaks in drain traps by removing drain covers. Because it is harder for the homeowner to check shower and bathtub plumbing, it is advisable to consult a professional to diagnose problems arising in this area.

Toilet Troubles: Just as in the sinks, the water in your toilet bowl asks as a barrier between the house environment and the sewer system. If you don’t have any water inside the bowl, there may be a leak in the trap that should be addressed immediately. Additionally, inspect the wax seal at the base of your toilet. These wax seals will need to be routinely replaced, and a faulty seal often indicates this time has come.

For more information on plumbing odors , or to speak with a qualified plumber today, contact the professionals at Aqua Plumbing & Air. Aqua Plumbing & Air has been proudly serving the residential and commercial customers of the Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida, area since 1974.