Why Does My Kitchen Sink Smell Bad?

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Kitchens can have a variety of smells, each caused by something different. While the smell of home-cooked food is a desirable one, many scents that come from the kitchen sink may not be so popular.

If you’re dealing with bad smells coming from your kitchen sink, there may be a few reasons for the stench. Your kitchen sink brings in water through the tap and moves it out through the drain. These two parts of your kitchen sink provide ample opportunity for bad smells to enter your kitchen.

Here, we’ll discuss a few common smells that can plague a home kitchen and what is likely to be causing the issues.

Sewer Smell and Its Causes

The drain of your kitchen sink sends water directly to the sewer or septic tank. When you have a sewer-like smell coming from your kitchen, there’s a problem with the drainage.

Oftentimes, the sewer vent is clogged and cannot open properly. In these cases, the gases from the sewer become trapped inside the drain, causing the odor.

To clear out a problem like this, it’s important to work with a plumber who can repair the sewer vent, ensuring a clear flow from your kitchen sink to the sewer.

Sulfur Smell and Its Causes

Sulfur is a common issue when it comes to smells in the kitchen. This element gives off a rotten egg smell and can be coming from your tap when too much sulfate is present in your water.

Fortunately, sulfates aren’t toxic or deadly, but they can cause stomach issues or damage to clothes if too much is present in your water. The smell can also be present in both the water from the tap as well as the drain if a clog is holding back some of the draining water.

Special water treatments can reduce the number of sulfates in your water to safer levels.

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Dirt Smell and Its Causes

The smell of dirt or mud can also arise in a kitchen. While this is rare, it can become an issue due to dirt mixing in with the water from the tap.

If a waterline pipe has broken, dirt from underground may be mixed in with the water, bringing dirt and water through the pipes. This can cause further pipe and fixture damage if it’s not resolved quickly. Repairing the damaged pipes is the best way to prevent dirt from entering.

A professional plumber can assess the problem and determine exactly where the dirt is entering the waterline and repair or replace the broken pipes.

Mold Smell and Its Causes

Leaks in your water system can be a major cause of bad smells in the kitchen. Even a small leak can lead to major issues, including mold and mildew development.

A moldy smell can be coming from your sink’s faucet or drain when water is left to stand on wood or other materials. This allows for mold development and a musty odor that doesn’t seem to go away.

A professional plumber can find the cause of a leak and seal the opening. They can also clean up the mold or mildew to ensure the smell is gone for good.

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No matter the cause of a bad smell in your kitchen, it’s always best to consult a professional plumber to resolve the issue. Blind & Sons has the tools and talents needed to get to the bottom of the problem and solve it in full. We can make sure that your kitchen faucet and drain are working properly.

Set a date for plumbing repair services in Northeast Ohio today. Call (330) 753-7711 or contact us online to get started.

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