Does the drain in your bathroom often develop a nasty stench? This smell can be even worse that of other smells that grace your bathroom, and continually having to address the problem with bottles of drain cleaner and air freshener is not only expensive but also bad for your plumbing. A better way to deal with stinky drains is to get to the root of the issue, change a few habits, and take a few preventative steps.
Stop washing thick materials down the drain.
The drain pipes in rooms like the kitchen and living room are often larger than those in the bathroom and made to accommodate things like the occasional food scrap or rinsing of mud. However, bathroom drain pipes are often more narrow (the thought being that they really only need to accommodate water and soap). If you wash a lot of things like food scraps and mud down your bathroom drain, they may leave the small drainpipes very slowly, becoming stuck on their edges and also grabbing onto other sticky, smelly things. Make sure you only rinse water and soap down your bathroom drain, and you'll have fewer issues with smells.
Pour some baking soda down there each week.
Bathrooms are moist, so some of the smell may be coming from mold that is growing inside the drain. Pouring some baking soda down the drain about once a week will keep odors from this mold at bay while also helping to slough away any mold buildup. Just dump a generous portion of baking soda (it's cheap) down the drain, let it rest for a few minutes, and then rinse it away.
Do the occasional plunge.
Many people think they have to wait until a sink is entirely plugged to plunge it, but plunging is also useful for removing slight buildup before it has a chance to progress to the point of causing clogs. Even a little gunky buildup stinks, so get into the habit of plunging your drain every few weeks or at the first sign of a stinky smell. A few tips for more effective plunging include the following.
- Use a plunger with a bowl-shaped head, not a flared head. (Flared heads are for toilets.)
- Make sure the sink is filled with water before plunging. (You may have to put the stopper in the sink to achieve this.)
- A few strong, long strokes are better than a bunch of quick, shallow ones.
If these methods don't keep your sink from getting smelly again, there may be something stuck further down. If this is the case, call a professional drain-cleaning service such as Roto-Rooter Sewer And Drain Cleaning Service to get rid of the stench once and for all!