AMS Plumbing Brisbane: How to prevent smelly drains

If your drains don’t smell so sweet, you’re not alone. It is a common problem, but one that can get out of hand quickly if not addressed!

A rotten egg or sewerage smell is a sure fire sign that you have an issue with your pipes and a strong sign that your drains need cleaning.

Most people don’t think about their drains until there is a clog that needs to be unblocked but by giving them some TLC you can reduce the risk of any smelly problems.

Why do my drains stink?

Drains start to smell because of a buildup of bacteria usually caused by a buildup of rotting substances clogging the drain such as food, hair and oil.

How to prevent your drains from smelling

It’s quite simple; clean and de-clog them regularly!

  • Pour a combination of white vinegar and bi-carb down the drain (it’ll fizz!). This will deodorize and descale your drain at the same time, and should remove any build-ups of hair, food, soap and oil.
  • Leave for 30 minutes or so then flush with boiling water.
  • Do this regularly, even when there are no signs of blockages – prevention is better than cure!

It also helps to be conscious of not using your drains as a bin. The only things going down the drain should be water.

  • Scrape food waste into the bin before washing up
  • Don’t pour oil or fat down the drain, as this will increase the chance of a blockage and a smell

Cleaning your drains before they get clogged should keep them fresh.

However if you notice persistent odours that just won’t budge, it’s time to contact a professional to get to the root of the problem, as it may be a blockage or issue deeper down the pipe.