When you have a bad smell coming from your kitchen sink it can make doing anything in the kitchen or nearby rooms seem unbearable. Dealing with this situation is a top priority in order to get back to being able to enjoy your entire house again. If not dealt with you could end up spending a lot more money dining out to avoid being in the kitchen or eating in a nearby dining room. The source of the odor is not always easy to find. The first thing many homeowners do to try and alleviate the problem quickly is to pour bleach or harmful chemicals down the drain. Cleaning the entire sink area including under the sink is a good idea but also may not get rid of the smell.
If the smell persists even after washing dish soap down the drain and cleaning the sink and surrounding areas, the culprit is usually the garbage disposal, drain pipes or possibly your dishwasher. If this is the case it is probably time to call a local plumber.
However before you do here are some other things to do that may get rid of the smell.
- Pour a box of baking soda into the drain. Then pour about 3/4 of a cup of vinegar down the drain. This should start to create a foam. Wait for about five to ten minutes then pour some boiling water down down the drain.
- Grind orange or lemon peelings in your garbage disposal. However you should know that this often may only temporarily cover up the odor.
- Pour a half cup of lemon juice down the drain and let it sit for a few hours before running any water down the drain.
Bad smells from your kitchen sink can be eliminated. Try the simple remedies listed above. If they do not take care of the smell it probably means there is something more serious causing the problem. In that case it usually requires taking things apart in order to find the source of the issue. When it comes to the point of having to take things apart you should get the assistance of a licensed plumber to ensure that not only the smell is eliminated but everything is taken apart and put back together correctly. If you need the help of a friendly neighborhood plumber – give us a call at 864-663-6105.