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Potential Causes of Smelly Drains

Indoor plumbing is undoubtedly one of the greatest luxuries that we enjoy in our homes today. That being said, there are plenty of issues which may develop with modern plumbing systems which can negatively impact the operation or condition of that system. One of the most undesirable issues that homeowners often face is a foul odor coming from the drains in their homes. This may not seem like an emergency at first, but it should go without saying that any such problems ought to be resolved as soon as possible. Plumbing repairs may be necessary, and it is important that you schedule any such repairs with a trained professional. Call the professional Salt Lake City, UT plumbers at Design Comfort to ensure that this is the case.

  • Dry Drain Traps: One of the most common causes of foul odors coming from drains is a dry drain trap. This is the curved piece of piping beneath your sinks that leads into the drainpipe. There should always be some water in the drain trap, as it serves to prevent smelly sewer gases from making their way back up the drainage system. If your drain trap is dry, these gases can come out from your drains. Regular use should be enough to keep water in most traps. However, it is possible that yours is damaged or leaking, leading to an inability to hold water.
  • Damaged Sewer Lines: The liquid and solid waste that you flush down the drains and toilets in your home are removed from your property via a sewer line. Should this line be damaged or backed up, you may notice a distinct odor making its way throughout your home. It will be much more pervasive than a simple dry drain trap, with multiple plumbing fixtures likely emitting foul odors. Having any such issues resolved immediately is advisable, as serious damages could develop.
  • Poor Ventilation:¬†You may not even be aware of this, but your plumbing system may have a vent towards the top of the house which serves to exhaust sewer gases outside. It is possible for sewer gas to flow back into the system, and this vent allows for it to be released outdoors, rather than into your home via drains.

Contact Design Comfort today for more details.

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