It hits you in the face without actually touching you. It compels you to look up, down, and across the room, even though it isn’t usually in plain sight.
The source of a stench that smells like rotten eggs or garbage can be hard to initially identify. At first, you might find yourself scouring through cupboards and the fridge for rotten food, or double-checking every room for a neglected trash can. If it turns out that these aren’t the sources of the stinky problem, then it is likely that there is a drain clog in the bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room.
A kitchen sink drain catcher should always be used to prevent food particles from clogging the drain, and likewise in the shower or bathtub to catch hair. However, liquids like oil and soap can still easily pass through drain catchers and clump together or adhere to the interior of the drain. This ultimately narrows the circumference through which water can freely flow down the drain, trapping more particles that get stuck inside the drain instead of passing through.
The stench of a stinky drain isn’t something that can be swept under the rug. A clog will only get worse if it continues to be left untreated, allowing the smell to linger and bacteria to multiply. This leads to the formation of biofilm, a slimy buildup of bacterial colonies that cling to surfaces and can build up in showers, bathtubs, and sinks.
For minor clogs, a natural solution of lemon juice or vinegar mixed with baking soda may effectively dissolve the debris and buildup in the drain. However, when clogs don’t budge, most people resort to a store-bought chemical drain clean containing sodium hydroxide. It is not usually safe to use these chemical drain cleaners, as these solutions can be corrosive, damaging the integrity of the drain, or they can splash back out when poured down the drain, causing irritation or damage upon contact with human skin.
It is best to call a plumbing expert to professionally unclog your drain. Some homeowners may hesitate to call a plumber out of sheer embarrassment—but having a clogged drain is nothing to be ashamed of. It does not mean that you are inherently a poor housekeeper or sloppy person, in fact, it can actually mean that you use your shower and sink a lot for the very purpose of being clean! Many Californian homes have had clogged drains safely unclogged thanks to the expertise of an experienced San Diego Plumber.
A traditional and well-known method of professional plumbing is drain snaking. A drain snake is inserted into the drain and twisted to catch and pull out obstructions. This method should be performed by a professional plumber as improper technique can cause more harm than good.
One of the best drain cleaning methods in Chula Vista is hydro jetting, a non-invasive solution that involves pressurized water powered by a machine. Hydro jetting is a great alternative to traditional plumbing methods as it does not involve the risk of abrasion or corrosion like chemical drain cleaning or drain snaking. The pressure of the water is strong enough to blast through severe clogs, which is why it is so effective but also not always suitable for old pipes.
A clogged sink won’t unclog itself. If you have a clogged drain in your home, call your local professional plumber and ask about freshening up with hydro jetting.