Smelly Kitchens: 3 Signs You are Having Drain Issues

Few things can ruin your day like walking into your kitchen and smelling bad odors. Frustrated, you likely look around for spoiled food, spills, and other common problems. Here are a few signs that drain problems cause that nasty smell.

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Take a Look under the Sink

A surprising number of folks seldom look under their kitchen sinks. You will probably need a flashlight and the ability to get down on your hands and knees. Using your flashlight, start looking for dripping water.

Next, look for obvious signs of water damage such as water rings on the floor covering under the sink. Finally, feel the floor beneath your sink. If it feels soft or appears to sag, your drain leaks on a regular basis. The floor beneath your sink is damaged and might need repairs or worse.

For now, concentrate on finding the leak. During the summer and early fall, the garbage disposal is a likely culprit. While your garbage disposal is resilient, it cannot handle things like watermelon rinds, bones left over from barbecued ribs, corn cobs and other foods commonly consumed during the summer.


If your disposal does not work, try hitting the reset button located under the sink. Clear any obvious debris first. Occasionally, emptying two to three trays of ice down the disposal with the water running will clear a clogged garbage disposal. This freezes debris stuck in the disposal and break it into chunks forced through the disposal.

Sniff for Sewer Odors

If you notice a whiff of rotten food or spoiled meat odors near your drain, you probably have a clog in your drain system. Experts state you may not know you have a clog for a long time. Often, a clog builds over time when your pipes cannot handle something washed down the sink. Food, paper towels and other debris snag on it, increasing the clog.

As the clog gradually grows, more garbage collects until, finally, your sink and pipes cannot let water through. Using rotary drain cleaning equipment, a professional can quickly clear your clog and have your sink back to working order. You will no longer detect odors and you will use caution when dropping garbage down your drains.

Don’t Procrastinate with Clogged Sewer Lines

Sometimes, the odor in your kitchen indicates a bigger problem. If you notice an odor of feces or sewage smells near your drain, your entire sewer system is likely clogged. Your sinks, toilets and showers will drain slowly or not at all. Eventually, sewage backs up into any outlet available, including your kitchen sink.

Contact a professional immediately if this occurs. You risk further contamination and damage the longer you wait. There are common reasons your entire sewer system stops working. Something got flushed that stopped the system or tree roots penetrated your sewer lines. PVC pipes are not immune from tree root invasions.

You can handle some odor-causing problems. Know your limits and contact a professional like those at Quality Plumbing when there is no easy solution to the problem.

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