It’s happened to us all at one point or another – you walk in from work and as you enter the kitchen a smell like rotting eggs slaps you in the face. You brave it and force your way further into the kitchen only to find that it’s coming from your kitchen sink.
Of all the rooms in the home, the one in which a smell is seriously off-putting is the kitchen, where you prepare and eat food. Thankfully, there are a few easy ways to tackle this problem, as provided by DrainsAid, drain and sewer experts based in Yorkshire.
- Run your tap – there is a U-bend under your sink which is supposed to have a small amount of water in it at all times in order to stop bad smells rising up from the below sewers. If this has been flushed away then the smell is free to flow. Simply running your tap can put some water back in this point and block the smell.
- Take the U-Bend off – if running the water didn’t help then there is a good chance that there may be something trapped in the U-bend or somewhere similar. Taking it off is a relatively simple job, just make sure you have plenty of towels and a bucket to hand to mop up any drips. Once it is off thoroughly clean out any build up and debris that has accrued.
- Rinse is through – if the above didn’t work then the build-up maybe further down the pipework. Try pouring washing up liquid or laundry detergent down the drain and leave for 30 minutes before rinsing away with boiling water. This should hopefully break down any mess and flush it away.
- Create some potions – if the above didn’t work, or didn’t work well enough, then it’s time to break out the big guns. Put a measure of baking soda down the drain and leave for a short time before adding vinegar. The two substances will react and break down any dirt or blockage that has accrued. Rinse away with warm water,
If the above few tips do not work then it is likely that there is a more serious issue going on. At this point it may be worth contacting a plumber or drainage expert to clean out your drains and inspect to see if they are constructed properly.