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How To Get Rid Of Toilet Odor

Toilet Order Solutions in Kansas City, KS Why Toilets Smell Bad When They Are Clean. You know you have a problem Kansas City. When you walk into your bathroom, you crinkle your nose because you detect that unmistakable odor…the smell of sewage and it’s coming from your toilet. Your toilet is sparkling clean and so is your bathroom, and there’s no explanation for the sewage smell. We all know that occasionally bathrooms will have foul odors, but when the smell of sewage won’t go away, that’s not a good sign. At first, you thought it was just a “temporary” issue, but after you investigated all of the possible culprits – the tub, the shower, the sink drains and the toilet – you realized it’s coming from the toilet. You squeezed some toilet bowl cleaner down the toilet, gave it a little scrub and sprayed some room freshener. It masked the

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

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

Spring Cleaning Plumbing Tips

As the weather gets warmer, we have much to look forward to. Our lawns will be green again, flowers will be blooming, and the leaves on our trees will be lush and full, which not only provides shade but makes our yards look beautiful after a long winter. For homeowners, the spring means lots of things. It means it’s time to organize garages and clean rain gutters of leaves and debris and give the inside of the house a thorough dusting and cleaning. While you’re contemplating which flowers to plant in your yard this spring, don’t forget about your indoor plumbing, especially if your family has spent a great deal of time indoors this winter, heavily using sinks, showers, and tubs. Just like your rain gutters, air ducts and carpets, indoor plumbing systems and sump pumps need to be periodically maintained, otherwise, you can be in for a clogged drain or toilet, a

Is Your Plumbing Ready for the Holidays?

Now that the air has gotten cooler and the leaves have turned brilliant shades of yellow, orange and red, it means that the holidays have officially arrived. What does the holiday season mean to you? Does it mean having a huge Thanksgiving dinner with a dozen or more guests enjoying the celebrations? Does it mean that your school-aged children are home for winter break, or that you’re having family from out of town visit? If you’re like a lot of homeowners, your plumbing fixtures are going to take a beating this holiday season, especially if you’re the type that loves to entertain for the holidays. How will your plumbing hold up? Plumbing-wise, here’s what you want to think about before the festivities begin: Is my garbage disposal in good shape, or is it working at all? Do I have a toilet that’s clogging too often? Are my shower, tub, and

Tips for Prolonging the Life of Your Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals are one of the greatest modern inventions. They allow us to avoid compost piles and dealing with foul smelling trash cans until the garbage man comes. They’re also great for getting rid of expired food and unwanted leftovers. But most of us take our garbage disposals for granted. We don’t realize how much we rely on these simple, but handy inventions until they become clogged or stop working. Follow these simple, yet effective tips for preventing clogs and jams to prolong the life of your garbage disposal. Tip #1. Run the disposal to prevent freezes. Even if you don’t use your disposal that often, it’s important to run it on a regular basis. If you don’t have anything to grind up, just turn on the water and run the disposal every few days. This gets the parts moving otherwise they can freeze up, rust, or corrode and any leftover

Shutting off the Gas to Your Home

Just as it is important for you to know how to shut off the water supply to your house at the main water valve, you need to be prepared for an emergency by knowing how to shut off the gas around your home. Keep reading to find out how to detect a gas leak, and how to respond by turning off the gas at your stove, water heater, and gas meter. First off, do you know the warning signs of a gas leak? It is not safe to overlook an odor that smells like rotten eggs or a hissing noise around an appliance that uses gas. Outside, if you see or feel what looks like air streaming out of the ground, brushing dirt and plants aside like a steady breeze, this could be another signal. Bubbles along damp ground could be another sign, as could wilting, mysteriously dying plants. If

Can’t Find an Odor in Your House?

If you have a mysterious smell in your house, there could be a number of culprits. Some of these you can tackle yourself; the solution could be as simple as taking out the garbage. For other issues, you will need to call in the expert backup; that mildew smell could be coming from a leak. If there is a pesky odor that you just can’t identify, here are a couple of possible causes to investigate. Smelly Food If some forgotten food is hiding out in your closet, lying in the far recesses of your pantry, or clogging up your garbage disposal, then this can quickly permeate your house with a foul smell. You may need to look everywhere, anywhere that a hand can reach. You can start with all your kitchen cabinets and pantry shelves, but you may have to start looking under beds and in drawers (especially in a

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