Drainage Smells and Other Problems with Your Drainage

There’s a lot you should know about the smells that come from the drain, including the most common questions regarding these smells.

It’s often common to get drain smells from a cloakroom toilet. In such a situation, the smell may be as a result of a blocked drainage or a fault in the drainage.

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Strathfield Plumbers answers common problems and questions related to drain smells:

  • There is some smell that seems to come from the cloakroom toilet. What does this mean?
  • There’s a foul drainage smell coming from the bathroom. What help can I get?
  • My home has a lot of poo smell, do I have a blocked drainage?
  • Who is responsible for fixing drain smells in my home?
  • I have noticed a drain smell around my kitchen, what will I do to make it go away?
  • What’s the smell in the bathroom?
  • Is the foul drain smell dangerous to the health of my family?
  • How is the foul smell from the drainage getting into my house?
  • What can I do to stop the foul drain smell that’s getting in my home?
  • What’s the average cost of fixing the foul drain smell around my house?
  • Who can I call when I notice a foul smell from the drain in my home?
  • What do we call the smell that leaks from the drain into my house?
  • Can I get special tools special tools for detecting foul smells such as hydrogen sulfide (H2S)

 

Answers to Questions on Drainage Smells:

There is some smell that seems to come from the cloakroom toilet. What does this mean?

In case there are smells that seem to come from the toilet, then there’re some possible causes. Either the drain line is not fitted correctly, or there’s a problematic joint, or it’s coming from the lower floor and moving upwards.

There’s a foul drainage smell coming from the bathroom. What help can I get?

In case you’re looking for assistance but don’t know where to start or who you should call, we can send you a professional plumber anywhere across Strathfield, Sydney.

When trying to trace where the foul smell is coming from, you can start by opening your windows to air and freshen the affected room. There are some tests that will need to be carried out.

One of the tests is doing an air test. Another test is doing a water test by completely sealing all the open ends. These tests are usually timely and can find the source of the smell quite fast.

There are other methods used for testing smells such as using a H2S tester. However, this tool is quite expensive, therefore it’s not cost effective for DIY. Such tools are often used by professionals.

My home has a lot of poo smell, do I have a blocked drainage?

If there’s poo smell coming from the drainage in your home, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the drain line is blocked. May be it’s your toilet that’s blocked and causing a foul smell to come from the toilet.

You can diagnose this issue by opening the drain inspection chamber. You can also check the issue by assessing whether your toilet indeed flushing correctly.

In case you see or hear air bubbles in your toilet, this is a sign that it might be blocked. Such a blockage can be unblocked by a professional drainage engineer or plumber.

Who is responsible for fixing drain smells in my home?

In case you’re having some funny smells in your house that appear to be coming from the drain, you can first determine whether the owner of the property or the local water board is responsible for fixing the issue.

In case you own the property in which the smell is coming from, and the faulty drain is within your property, then you’re responsible for fixing the issue.

If you share the drain line with a neighbor, then your local water board is responsible for fixing it. If you’re not sure, you can confirm with your local water board or sewerage company.

I have noticed a drain smell around my kitchen, what will I do to make it go away?

At times, the drain smell in the kitchen usually comes from the drainage system. This is as a result of grease or waste buildup in the drain pipe that makes H2S smells to come from the drainage.

The best option to eliminate such smells is using chemicals. However, be extra cautious and adhere to manufacturer instructions when using chemicals. It’s best leaving the work to professionals.

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What’s the smell in the bathroom?

The foul drain smell coming from the drain is referred to as H2S, an abbreviation for Hydrogen Sulfide.

Is the foul drain smell dangerous to the health of my family?

Drain smells that smell like a rotten egg are not healthy. Some drainage gases are dangerous when highly concentrated. Some of these gases can actually ignite. However, such cases are very rare. Thus, there’s no cause for alarm.

How is the foul smell from the drainage getting into my house?

Drainage smells from the drain line may enter your home through the drain. It usually enters through a faulty fitting or faulty waste pipe. The smell may also enter your home through dry pipes that have not been in use for long. The worst smell comes from a faulty fitting within the floor or concrete.

What can I do to stop the foul drain smell that’s getting in my home?

You can cover small openings using plumbers mate or a suitable silicone sealant, but this would depend on the source of the foul smell. You can also eliminate the smell by replacing any faulty traps and other drain fixtures. The worst case scenario is replacing pipes beneath concrete or the floor since you would have to tear up concrete or dig the floor.

What’s the average cost of fixing the foul drain smell around my house?

In case you’re lucky, you may spend a few dollars. However, extreme situations may cost you thousands of dollars. Thus, it’s good for your home to be insured before you experience such situations.

Who can I call when I notice a foul smell from the drain in my home?

In case you’re having smells from your sewer system, it will be a great idea to call an emergency plumber. They will be able to determine whether your waste system is faulty or whether a drainage professional will be required.

What do we call the smell that leaks from the drain into my house?

The most common name used for drain smells is Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S). Other common names used include rotten smells, drainage smells, sewer smells, and raw eggs among others.

Can I get special tools for detecting foul smells such as hydrogen sulfide?

You can buy a H2S tester. The only challenge is that such tools are very expensive. You also have to add a special pump to the tool to detect H2S level in a room.

Rather than going through all these troubles, you can simply contact an expert to come to your residence and solve the smelly drainage problems.

 

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