Can a Plumbing Problem Cause Drains to Smell?

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Common plumbing problems can, over time, cause drains in your home to smell. If you notice an unpleasant smell that is more prominent around areas where there are drains such as bathrooms, toilets, kitchens and your laundry it can indicate a plumbing problem. While there are many ways to stop drains from smelling, having the issue inspected and repaired by a professional plumber is the best way to eliminate the issue long term.

Read on to learn 3 common plumbing problems that can cause drains to smell including:

  • Damaged pipes
  • Blocked drains
  • Broken toilet trap

Damaged pipes

Plumbing pipes in and around your home can be leaking, blocked, rusted or mouldy. No matter the damage, the result can be unpleasant smells entering your home. If you notice a metallic smell, corrosion in your pipes could be the culprit. Pipes make the ideal breeding ground for mould and mildew too. If you suspect your pipes have become mouldy it’s important to have them cleaned to protect the health and well-being of you and your family.  

Blocked drains

Blocked drains are one of the most common plumbing problems and a blocked drain can result in a bad smell. One of the most common causes of blocked pipes are food scraps. Food scraps that are blocked in drains will spoil and the unpleasant smell that results can travel through drains and into your home.

Broken toilet trap

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When looking behind your toilet you will notice a pipe with a bend in it. This is known as a plumbing trap. Water falls into this bended pipe and acts as a barrier to stop the smell of sewerage. If this trap has an issue, a noticeable unpleasant smell will be present in your toilet or bathroom. If you suspect there is an issue with your toilet trap, make having it repaired a priority to avoid exposure to sewerage gases.

Mainline Plumbing and Cheap Hot Water Dunsborough/Busselton are your plumbing professionals servicing Busselton, Dunsborough, Margaret River and surrounding areas

If you notice your drains are smelling unpleasant, call our team to have them professionally inspected and the cause of the issue repaired.

With over 35 years’ experience, Mainline Plumbing and Cheap Hot Water and Gas Dunsborough/Busselton are your trusted and reliable professionals. The team are fully equipped to investigate and repair all aspects of plumbing plus hot water and gas.

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