Have you noticed a foul smelling odor each time you walk in the kitchen? If following your nose leads you right to your kitchen sink, it could be a sign of trouble. No matter how much you scrub, your sink just doesn’t want to let go of the stink. Fortunately, there are some unique ways you can keep your kitchen pipes smelling fresh and clean.
Septic Sewage Smelliness
If the smell coming from your kitchen sink has you pinching your nose and gagging, you could have a sewage problem. In order to rid your home of that horrible smell, you may need to install a soil vent pipe. Sewage smells are common in homes that run off a septic system.
In addition to the installation of a soil vent pipe, you may also need to have a professional check your septic tank. A backed up system could produce horrible sewage smells that creep up through your drains in both the kitchen and bathroom. Rather than dealing with the smell, call a plumber to come out and inspect your pipes and septic system.
You can prevent your septic system from backing up by avoiding common mistakes. Preventing your system from backing up could help you avoid future sewage smells. To avoid system backups avoid flushing the following items down the drain:
- Paper products: Rather than flushing toilet paper, tissues and paper towels, have a wastebasket nearby.
- Inert products: Dental floss, kitty litter, hair, plastic and lint do not belong in your septic system. Make sure there are screens on all of your drains to prevent the entry of inert materials.
- Food products: Coffee grounds, egg shells, melon rinds and other food products have a place, and it’s not in your sink. Make sure you discard all food products in the trash rather than in your sink.
Bad Food Mayhem
Dinnertime can be chaotic, especially if you have small children in the home. When you’re busy trying to cook, clean up the kitchen and get everyone ready for bed, scraping your dishes may be the last thing on your mind. Unfortunately, particles of food that enter your kitchen sink could clog up your drain.
Drains clogged with animal fat and food debris can cause horrible, nose wrinkling smells. You can often spot clogged drains long before the stink filters through the air. The water tends to drain slower when your sink has a clog.
In order to de-stink your sink, you need to address the clog first. With the plunger in hand, try to work the clog out of the drain. Boil a pot of hot water on the stove while you attempt to work the clog loose. Dump the boiling water into the sink drain carefully to avoid burning yourself.
The hot water may loosen clogs, particularly if the clog is a result of built up grease and fat. If that method does not work, pour two to three tablespoons of baking soda into the drain followed by a cup of vinegar. Be aware that the solution will react, causing the clog to bubble up out of the drain.
Once you have managed to clear the clog out of the drain, rinse your sink using warm water and lemon juice of fresh lemons. The vinegar and baking soda will remove the clog and get rid of the stink. The lemon and water will provide your sink with a fresh, clean scent that can last for up to a week or more.
If you have tried to address the stink in your kitchen sink to no avail, it may be time to contact a local plumber. Plumbers have the ability to locate and fix the source of your smelly kitchen woes. Once addressed, it will be up to you to make sure you maintain your sink’s fresh scent.