What’s That Smell? 3 Common Causes of Plumbing Odors

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Is something smelling a little off in your kitchen or bathroom? It could very well be one of these 3 common causes of plumbing odors. Read on to find out how to stop the stink!

Product Buildup

If your shower has been smelling funky, it may be that the products you use in the shower have created a buildup of biofilm that is causing the odor. Biofilm caused by shampoo, body wash, and other shower products creates an environment that natural bacteria cling to and feed on, and those bacteria cause the odor you’re smelling. To clean away the biofilm (and the bacteria with it), flush your drain with hot water, then pour 1 cup of white vinegar into it. Wait a couple of hours, then flush the drain with hot water again. This should get rid of any product buildup and leave your shower smelling fresh again.

Dry P-Trap

The P-trap is the P or U-shaped pipe located underneath plumbing fixtures like sinks and showers. If you notice an unpleasant smell coming from a fixture that you don’t use frequently, a dry P-trap may very well be the culprit. If P-traps don’t have enough water flowing through them on a regular basis, sewer gasses can rise up and cause odours. Simply run water through your sink or shower a few times to wet the P-trap and see if that fixes your problem. If it doesn’t, call a plumber.

Food scraps and other debris get stuck to the mechanism of your garbage disposal over time. Those food scraps will rot and smell. Not very appetizing, huh? When you start to notice a bad smell emanating from your garbage disposal, it’s time to give it a good scrub. Before cleaning your garbage disposal, always disconnect the power first. Cleaning a garbage disposal with the power on is very unsafe because if it were to unexpectedly turn on you could badly injure your hand. Once the power is disconnected, use a sponge and some gentle dish soap to scrub out the garbage disposal. You can also use a little vinegar to neutralize the smell. After you’ve finished cleaning the disposal, flush it with water and turn the power back on.

If none of these solutions gets rid of the odor coming from your plumbing, there is probably a more severe problem that requires professional repairs. At Santana Bros, our plumbers have extensive experience with plumbing problems of all kinds and are dedicated to providing high quality service.

2 Water Heater Mistakes That Are Costing You Money

A water heater is an integral part of any home, though it's often taken for granted. Imagine not having hot water on tap when you need to take a shower in the middle of winter. Your water heater is a godsend, especially if you live in an area with a cold climate, so using it properly is important. Improper use of a tank or tankless water heater can not only shorten its service life, but also cost you in electricity and repair bills. In today’s post, Santana Bros Plumbing shares three mistakes to avoid when it comes to your water heater.

Signs Your Water Heater Needs to Be Replaced

The life expectancy of a typical water heater is about eight to 12 years. This, however, depends on its design, installation quality and maintenance record. If it's not functioning like it used to after years of consistent use, it might be time to replace the entire unit. Local plumbing experts from Santana Bros Plumbing explain the signs you need to watch out for below.

What You Can Do When You Drop Something Down the Drain

Whether it's earrings, a toothbrush or even contact lenses, it can be a bit problematic if you accidentally drop something down the drain. For some things. such as items the size of toothbrushes, you could try removing the drain catch and feeling around in the pipe with a bent coat hanger; however, you may need to open up your drain to safely retrieve smaller items properly.

Low Water Pressure & Its Causes

If you’re having problems with low water pressure, the first thing you need to check is your water meter valve. This should be located right next to the water meter on the main city supply pipe feeding into your home. There’s a chance that this valve isn’t fully open, especially if you've had some work done recently on your plumbing system. Otherwise, you may need to call in a professional to take care of the problem.

Plumbing Issues: Are They Covered by Homeowners Insurance?

Homeowners insurance protects your home and valuable belongings from extensive damage. It often covers water damage as a result of flooding and severe weather. That said, does the same insurance coverage apply to the water damage caused by faulty plumbing? Santana Bros Plumbing, your local contractor for sewer replacements and other plumbing services, sheds light on the matter below.

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