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What Causes A Smelly Sink

Bad Odor Kansas City, KS WHY DOES MY SINK SMELL LIKE ROTTEN EGGS? It is not uncommon for homeowners to encounter unpleasant odors in their household sinks or water, and when they do, they want to go to the source of the problem and find out what is causing their water or sinks to smell unpleasant. If you are experiencing an unpleasant odor in all of your water faucets, then you most likely have a problem with the main water supply. On the other hand, if the smell is only coming from certain faucets, the problem is probably located in the fixtures or pipes involved in those specific faucets. DOES YOUR SINK SMELL LIKE ROTTEN EGGS OR SEWAGE? If you are experiencing a rotten egg (sulfurous) or sewage-like odor in certain sinks, it is likely a result of bacterial activity, which can be caused by bacteria growth inside the drain:

Plumbing Vents Can Cause Odors in the Yard

When you go outside, do you notice a foul odor in your yard? You don’t have a dog, so you know it has to be something else. That unpleasant smell may be coming from your plumbing vent. Plumbing vents are important; they allow gases to slowly escape from a home so they can be released into the atmosphere. This process ensures that a home’s pipes aren’t under too much pressure. If you notice that there is an odor coming from your vent that seems more unpleasant than usual, then it can make ordinary tasks, such as gardening, relaxing on the porch, or entertaining guests outside unfathomable. Since the plumbing vent connects to the plumbing system in the home, the way you reduce the odor is by addressing it at the source, and that’s inside your home. Here are some places to start: 1. Do you have any clogged drains inside

Effects of Clogged Plumbing Vents

As a homeowner, it’s inevitable that you’re going to deal with plumbing issues every now and then. If you’re like most people, you have a pretty good idea what’s wrong when the bathroom sink clogs (likely culprits hair and soap scum), or when the kitchen sink clogs (grease, debris, food scum). However, there’s a lesser-known cause of some plumbing problems, and it’s sitting on top of your house right now: it’s called a “plumbing vent.” Plumbing vents are situated on the roof of homes, with the 2 to 3-inch pipe extending upwards. The purpose of this pipe is to allow air into the drainage system. The problem is that when this vent gets blocked, the blockage can cause the flow of water to slow down, or stop, and then foul smelling sewer gasses can enter the home. Blockages Create ‘Negative’ Pressure When this vent gets blocked, the flow of water

How to Unclog Your Drains at Home

  How To Unclog The Drain in Your Kansas City Home Clogged drains are a common problem, but they can often be resolved without calling in a professional. What’s more, you don’t need to use toxic chemicals to clear out your clog. With a little patience and some tried and true methods, you can often unclog your drain by yourself, in a reasonably short amount of time. First, try to physically remove what’s causing the problem. One common cause of clogs is hair collected around a pop-up stopper or strainer. You may be able to remove the hair and clear the clog, or you might be able to use a drain stick to clear clogs caused by a hair in a P-trap or an S-trap. Cleaning a sink trap can remove clogs caused by buildup or a foreign object, a plunger can clear clogs that aren’t too far into the

Unclog a Drain Without Drano

It is easy for drains to get clogged in a home, and it doesn’t mean that the homeowner did anything wrong when a drain gets backed up with hair or food products. There are easy ways that a drain can be cleaned that will not require a plumber, or require costly repairs. Do Not Use Drano Many people associate clogged drains with Drano or another chemical that prevents clogs. Plumbers generally do not suggest using these since they can cause damage to the pipes and fittings in the house. Drano also joins waste-water and will end up in rivers and streams, causing harm to the environment. Furthermore, if a plumber is working on a drain that Drano has been used in, the plumber is exposed to harmful chemicals. The main ingredients in cleaners like Drano are bleach and sodium hydroxide, a corrosive salt. Contact with the human body can cause

How to Use a Snake to Unclog a Drain

Often, the best way to deal with clogs is to prevent them from happening at all. If you are past being able to prevent a clogged drain, however, there are a number of options and tools at your disposal. While cleaning and plunging can often do the trick, sometimes, you will need to do more to clear your drain. In this post, we will discuss how you can use a drain auger, or plumber’s snake, to get rid of tough clogs. First of all, what is a drain auger or snake? This is a quarter-inch thick coil that has a handle. You would send the snake down the drain through the clog, sending parts of it down or pulling the obstruction out. This auger can be a powerful unclogging tool, as it can reach clogs that are far down the pipe. Where can you find this snake tool? One option

Why is there standing water in my washing machine?

Washing Machine Repair in Kansas City, KS IF THE WATER IS STAYING IN THE WASHING MACHINE Does the water sit in the machine after your load has finished? The issue probably lies with the washer, either with the drain tube (which comes out of the machine) or the pump (an internal issue). It is simple enough to determine which it is: Detach the drain tube and blow inside. If nothing blocks the air from going through, then the problem is probably the pump. What can you do if the pump is broken? You may need to call an appliance repair shop for help. IF WATER IS OVERFLOWING FROM THE WASHER OR AT THE DRAIN STANDPIPE When you notice leaks after your washing machine drains, you are probably looking at a clogged drain. This clog could be anywhere in the trap area or beyond in the waterline. (If you follow the

How to Keep Your Pipes from Freezing

Ways to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing in Kansas City You can’t stop the cold weather, but you can prevent pipes from freezing. First, identify where frozen pipes are most likely to occur. Exposed pipes, where there’s no heat, are vulnerable, as a pipe in exterior walls. Plumbing fixtures on your home’s exterior are prone to freezing, too. If not protected, the pipe will eventually burst, and the only thing a plumber in Kansas City will be able to do is to replace it. To keep pipes protected: Install insulation: Wrap pipes in specialized foam insulation covers, available at hardware stores, or even in old blankets or newspapers. Consider this even in warmer climates. The colder months may not be as severe, but pipes may not be as well insulated as they should be. Keep the heat on: Turning down the heat while on vacation lowers the electric bill, but

Common Commercial Plumbing Problems

Whether you’re a business owner or a manager, there’s one thing you know for sure: You can’t afford to have plumbing “problems.” After all, time is money! When it comes to preventing toilet clogs and leaky faucets at home, you’re probably pretty good at maintaining your plumbing, but when it comes to controlling how employees, customers, and visitors take care of the plumbing in your building – not so easy. Whether you’re running a small business, a retail store, or an office building, you need the plumbing to work smoothly. If you’ve been at it a while, you already know that plumbing problems are inevitable. Aside from mentioning “proper plumbing maintenance” in an employee meeting, there’s not much you can do about what people flush down the toilet, but that doesn’t mean the situation is a hopeless one. There are still some practical things that you can do as a

Preventing a Plumbing Emergency Over the Holidays

If you will be entertaining over the holidays the last thing you want is for a plumbing disaster to strike, and we all know that emergencies always happen at the worst times – like when we have a house full of guests! Whether the issue is a toy car clogging the toilet, turkey grease solidifying in the kitchen drain, silverware jamming the garbage disposal, or a broken water heater on Christmas Eve, plumbers are the superheroes over the holidays, that’s for sure! Many households see an increase in activity between November 23rd and January 1st, which places additional stress on the water heater, dishwasher, showers, bathtubs, toilets, kitchen sink drain, garbage disposal, and even the washing machine, which means household plumbing is put the ultimate test. While you can put in an emergency call to a plumber over the holidays, you’d prefer not to have to place a call on

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