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Talking About Preventative Plumbing Services

Hey there, my name is Russell Tyson. I am going to use this site to educate my readers about services offered by plumbing professionals. When I first started my company, I was unaware of all the necessary plumbing procedures needed to keep the toilets from backing up. My clients often failed to notify me when a toilet started to fail, likely due to embarrassment or a lack of time. Luckily, I was clued into the value of hiring plumbers to perform regular maintenance and repairs on the toilets to keep them in fine shape. I hope to detail those services on this site to inspire others to embrace preventative plumbing procedures.


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How To Eliminate Kitchen Drain Odors And The Insects Attracted To Them

by Charlie Clarke

When you think of a drain clog, you probably imagine drains that are blocked or slow to empty. A problem you may not think about is a bad odor associated with the clog. Odor can develop in a kitchen drain that's clogged with grease and decaying food. The smell is bad enough, but the odor can also attract insects such as fruit flies, drain flies, and gnats. Clearing the clog and cleaning the drain is the solution for this problem. Here's how to go about eliminating drain odor:

Try Using Natural Cleaners First

If water is draining properly, then you might try using lemon juice or vinegar in your sink to eliminate the odor. Odor can be caused by bacteria that grows in the slime lining the drain or in the garbage disposal. By using products that kill bacteria, you might eliminate the odor problem. Once the odor is gone, you may also eliminate the pesky insects living in the drain. However, if the odor is caused by old grease and decaying food, or if your sink has a clog and is slow to empty, those problems have to be addressed to eliminate the odor completely.

Clear The Clog

You might be able to clear the drain clog with a drain snake or even plunging, but you might still have a problem with odor. This can happen when part of the grease clog remains on the inside of the pipe even though enough of the clog was removed to allow drains to empty properly. If enough grease remains in the pipe, you might notice a foul odor waft out of the sink occasionally.

Calling in a plumber could be the most effective way to deal with drain cleaning when odor is an issue. The plumber might use a water jet to clean the insides of the pipe to knock off grease and other rancid food that's stuck to the sides of the drain. Rather than just punching a hole through the clog, a water jet can remove all traces of the clog and take odor, insects, and insect eggs along with it.

Be Careful With Your Drain

Once you've eliminated the drain odor, you may want to change your habits so another clog doesn't develop and create another odor issue. Scrape food scraps and pan drippings into the trash. Even if you have a garbage disposal, you may want to limit its use since garbage disposals can develop a foul odor due to decaying food bits and bacterial growth. Never allow grease to go down your drains because the grease hardens and clings to the sides of the drain and food bits get stuck in the grease to cause odor buildup. Pour vinegar and hot water down your drain routinely to keep the drains clear and fresh smelling. By taking steps to prevent drain odor, you'll also be preventing a drain clog that can disrupt your routine.