Have you noticed foul odors coming up through your drains? If you have, there could be a few issues causing the odors. If your home is attached to a septic tank, your tank could be getting full, which is causing septic gases and raw sewage to back up into your home. If you're experiencing clogs, you could have rotting food and debris stuck in the drains. Or, your drains could just be dirty. If you aren't having septic issues and you're not experiencing an increase in clogs, you probably just have an issue with dirty drains. Here are three simple ways to clean your drains and get rid of the odor problem.
Douse Your Drains with Bleach
Bacteria inside your drains can create foul odors. Unfortunately, once the foul odors are generated, they have nowhere to go but up. When that happens, you're going to smell those odors throughout your house. Kill the germs and bacteria before they can create foul odors by pouring a small amount of bleach down your drains. This is particularly effective in your tubs and kitchen sinks. For best results, pour a ¼ cup of bleach down your bathtub drain each time you bathe. To keep your kitchen sink odor-free, pour a ¼ cup of bleach down the drain once a day.
Reach for the Baking Soda and Lemon Juice
If your garbage disposal is emitting foul odors, it might have rotten food collecting under the blades. You can get rid of the odors and clean the disposal blades with just one simple treatment. Pour ½ a cup each of baking soda and lemon juice down the drain. Add a handful of crushed ice and turn the garbage disposal on. The baking soda and ice will clean the blades, while the lemon juice deodorizes the drains. Repeat this application once a week to keep your disposal clean and your drains fresh.
Flush Away the Rock Salt
Foul odors can come up through your toilets too. This is usually caused by fecal matter that's left behind in the drain. You can eliminate the odors by flushing rock salt down the toilet once a month. The rock salt will eat through the waste so it can flush through to the septic tank or sewer lines. Simply pour a cup of rock salt into the toilet and flush it away.
Dirty drains can cause a serious odor problem in your home. Use the simple methods described above to keep your drains clean and odor-free. For serious issues, such as clogs and sewage back-ups, be sure to contact your plumber as soon as possible.