Why Your Sink or Water Smells Bad

Sunday, March 29, 2020

When a sink or water supply starts to smell bad, it’s crucial to determine the source of the problem, especially if it’s related to your septic system. Below are three possible reasons why your sink or water has a foul odor and what you can do to prevent these issues from arising. If you suspect a septic system problem, we recommend scheduling an inspection immediately.

Bacteria

Bacterial activity in the sink pipes can be the cause of the stench. Sinks have high moisture levels which create optimal growing conditions for bacteria. Common types of harmful bacteria found in sinks include salmonella, e. Coli, and staph.

Disinfect Regularly

Reduce infection risks by regularly disinfecting your sinks as well as other moist areas like drains and spigots with a disinfectant on a cloth or paper towel. Also, make sure to wipe down the area to reduce moisture levels which will inhibit bacteria growth. Avoid rinsing disinfectants down into the drains, which could kill off the friendly bacteria that are essential to maintaining a healthy septic system.

A lack of friendly bacteria colonies in your septic often leads to a bad smell coming thought drains, plumbing fixtures, or the tank itself. This problem can be easily fixed by getting on a good bacteria program to help keep the tank functioning better and eliminating the odor. Different systems require different treatments. Call our office and we would be glad to discuss what bacteria treatment would be best for your system.

Clogs

Over time, clogs can form due to hair, soap, food, and other matter that accumulate in sink drains and pipes, causing a rotten egg smell. Keep an eye out for slow drainage as it can be due to an issue with the house’s plumbing or the septic system.

Keep Pipes Clear

The best way to keep sink pipes clear of clogs is not to pour anything down that you shouldn’t. Sinks are not a trash can so never let these items go down the drain: food, tissues, paper towels, dental floss, hair, medications, and sanitary products.

Water Heater

Lastly, plumbing systems or water heaters can be the source of the foul odor. When organic matter is trapped in the plumbing, it interacts with the chlorine in the water, creating a sulfuric-like odor.

Flush the System

Water heaters that haven’t been used in a while can make water smell bad. When a home has a water heater that has been in disuse for a period of time, it’s important to flush the system to prevent an unpleasant odor.

Protect Your Septic System

When a sink or water supply starts to smell bad, there may be an issue with the septic system which requires immediate attention to protect your health and wallet. Established in 1986, Honey-Wagon is a licensed and insured septic company in the Kansas City area. We’re a family-owned business that offers a variety of services such as inspections, septic tank pumping, and grease trap cleaning to keep your home or business running smoothly. Call us today at (913) 681-3563 or (816) 525-5100 to schedule an appointment!

Staff 3/29/2020