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Ew! What’s That Stench?!

Is it the garbage can? Did someone go to the bathroom? Maybe it’s the litter box. Either way, something smells, and of course, you want to get to the bottom of it. But, have you ever considered that this unpleasant scent could be coming from your drainpipe? That’s right: problems with drains or sewer lines can end up leading to quite an awful scent!

But, why does this happen?

Well, there are plenty of reasons why you might experience a foul odor coming from one or more of the drains in your home, and below, we have listed some of these reasons for you. So, grab your nose plug and keep reading to find out more!

Here’s What Might Be Wrong

Like we mentioned above, there are quite a few issues that can lead to some serious stinkage, including:

Dried out p-trap

If only one drain in your home is letting off odors, it may be due to a dried out p-trap. This is the curved pipe found right under the drain, usually behind your cabinet doors. The shape of the pipe, when looked at from the side, resembles the letter p, which is where the name comes from. The p-trap is designed to hold an amount of water that creates a barrier against sewer gas coming back up the drainpipe. If this p-trap dries out because the drain hasn’t been used in a while, bad odors will start to come from it. Run water down the drain for a minute, and this should solve the problem.

Drain vent issues

Your wastewater pipes have vents in them to prevent a build-up of pressure. These vent pipes connect to a central chimney pipe that goes up to the roof. If vents become blocked, the pressure will force sewer gas up through the water in the p-trap. You might hear a gurgling sound from the drains, a sign that the gas is percolating up through the p-trap’s water. Call professional plumbers to fix the problem.

Sewer line troubles

This is the most serious of all. When you find that each of the drains around your home are emitting bad smells, the trouble might come from a blocked or broken sewer line. Call for our expert plumbers right away, since the sewer lines must either be repaired or replaced, and this is a major task.

You Need a Professional Plumber!

When the time comes to schedule your plumbing services in Orlando, you want to be absolutely certain that you’ve hired a professional for the job! Only a certified plumber has the appropriate tools, knowledge, and experience to safely and correctly handle the complex needs of your plumbing system.

Of course, we understand why you might be tempted to call a plain old handyman to get the job done for you, but remember, an attempt to save money could end up costing you much more in the long run. Trust us, when it comes to your plumbing, you don’t want to take any risks.

Schedule your plumbing services with the team at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. today! 


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