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Common Questions That Plumbers Answer About Smelly Drainage Pipes


July 19, 2016

Drainage pipes carry a lot of dirty substances resulting in a characteristically unpleasant odour. In most cases, it is very difficult to identify the main source of the smell, so you need to hire the services of a professional plumber to inspect the sewer lines. The most common reason, however, for a smelly drainage is that there is a leak in the pipes, or they are clogged due to build up of dirt and debris. Here is a list of common questions that plumbers are asked about those pungent drainage pipes:

Why is the drainage causing my house to stink?

Any drainage in the bathroom, toilet or kitchen has to experience a foul smell at one point in its lifetime. When such a system gets blocked, the smell will emanate from the kitchen or bathroom sink, or the toilet bowl. This is because of the accumulated substances in the pipe which begin rotting and producing a foul smell.

In that instance, the air has no other way of escaping except through the only opening which could be in your house. Also, your system could be experiencing a leakage that disposes some of the dirty water into your house instead of leading it outside to the main drainage.

Ensure that you aerate your house to reduce the unpleasant smell, and call a plumbing engineer to evaluate the cause of the problem. The ultimate solution is getting rid of the blockage or repairing the leak in the system.

Who is responsible for repairing a smelly drainage?

If the problem only affects your house and not the entire neighbourhood, it is your responsibility to ensure that it is repaired before it becomes worse. Therefore, if you own the house, you will have to incur the expenses associated with the repair. In a situation where you are renting the house, your lease agreement will dictate who caters for the expenses; some lay the responsibility on the lessor and others on the lessee. The amount of money you spend depends on the extent of the damage and the amount of fixing required.

A wider drainage problem that affects the neighbourhood is a responsibility of the local authority. Therefore, ensure that you report it to the relevant authorities in time for appropriate action to be taken.

How do I get rid of a foul drain smell?

A plumbing expert is best placed in guiding you through the procedure of getting rid of a foul smell. Usually, they recommend certain chemicals that help dissolve substances in the drainage system, making it easier to dispose of them. These chemicals can be dangerous and pose a health hazard if not treated with the care they deserve.

What intermediate steps can you take to reduce a foul smell before the plumber arrives?

Ensure that all windows and doors are functional in letting in naturally fresh air to get rid of the foul smell. Also, an air conditioner can be very helpful in making the situation bearable, and a silicon sealant can be used to cover up drainage openings thus reduce the smell coming from them.

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