What’s That Smell in My Kitchen?
Sometimes bad smells from the kitchen seem to come from nowhere. The first step is to make sure you’ve taken out the trash and mopped the floors, just to make sure that there are no surprises there. If it still stinks, there can be some unseen sources that are simple to check.
The Smelly Culprits
Here are the top 4 reasons there might be a foul odor in your kitchen despite everything seeming clean!
- Clogged garbage disposals – Sometimes even when your disposal is working there can be food stuck in the impeller of the device, which can then rot and cause odors.
- Greasy drains – If you’ve poured fatty substances down the sink (which is a bad idea in general), then there may be some clogged in the drain or stuck to the sides.
- Busted sink trap – The U- or P-shaped curve in the drain leading away from the sink basin is meant to stop noxious sewer line gas from wafting up through your pipes, but it sometimes needs to be cleaned and refilled with water.
- Clogged vent shaft – Some homes have a shaft that runs down from the roof and meets up with the drain lines in order to vent out air trapped in flushes that could allow sewer line fumes to bubble up, which backfires if leaves on the roof lead to a clog.
Do I Need to Call a Plumber to Fix This?
Any person who is dedicated to the DIY mentality and doesn’t mind getting a bit dirty or doing some disassembly can fix any of the issues listed above. However if you’ve checked these areas and still smell something nasty, there might be a bigger issue at hand, like a clog in your sewer line. That’s definitely the time to call in the professionals.
For any plumbing problem, big or small, in the Greater Cleveland area, call (440) 283-9377 to get in touch with your family plumbers over here at Ohio Buckeye. We’ll make sure to get your pipes working and your kitchen smelling great again.