Our plumbers in Virginia Beach and throughout Hampton Roads are often asked by customers how to eliminate four odors in the drains around their home
Several factors can contribute to bad odors in your drains. These gases can be dangerous to your health and cause headaches or more serious ailments – even scarier, high concentrations of methane gas are combustible and can explode. If you live in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Tabb, Grafton, Smithfield, James City County, or elsewhere in Hampton Roads and notice this distinctive foul odor, do not ignore it.
Most commonly, the problem is caused by a build-up of organic waste, such as food scraps and grease. When these materials decompose, they release foul-smelling gases, which contain methane and bacteria. Another common cause of bad drain odor is a buildup of bacteria. When water stagnates in the drain, bacteria begin to multiply, producing an unpleasant odor.
In some cases, bad odors can also be caused by a leaking sewer pipe or septic tank, which is why If you notice a foul smell coming from your drains, it’s important to take action right away. Fortunately, there are several simple steps you can take to eliminate bad drain odors, such as cleaning the drain regularly and using a quality drain cleaner.
You may need to call plumbers in Virginia Beach or throughout Hampton Roads, but before you do here is a simple Do-It-Yourself tip that may eliminate the problem quickly and at little or no expense at all.
- Every drain in your home sewer system should have a “p”- trap that is vented. These drains “trap” water and create a seal, or barrier, that will keep sewer gas out of your home. If one of these drains is rarely used, such as in a guest bathroom or the basement bathroom, the water creating the protective seal will eventually evaporate and cause allow an odor to pass up through the plumbing.
- Mix together a vinegar and baking soda solution and pour it into the drain.
- Let it sit for 2 hours.
- Then pour boiling water down the drain followed by some bleach.
- Finish by running the hot water for 10 minutes from the faucet.
- If the problem persists, then it’s time to call a plumbing company.
More about our plumbers in Virginia Beach & Hampton Roads
Since 1987, A-1 Sewer & Drain Plumbing & Water Heaters has consistently served the commercial and home plumbing needs of satisfied customers in Hampton Roads. With nearly 30 years of work to our credit, our plumbing company is extremely proud of its A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau. Our Class A Contractor plumbing company and its plumbers in Virginia Beach and throughout Hampton Roads have more than 260 years of combined plumbing and drain experience, which means we’ve seen it all – the good, the bad, and the ugly – and will solve your plumbing problem with integrity and professionalism.
Our plumbers in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Tabb, Grafton, Smithfield, James City County, and throughout Hampton Roads serve homeowners and commercial businesses.