Let’s be honest: sewers are gross. They transport and move waste from our sinks and toilets to industrial facilities that deal with the matter. Because of what we flush and allow down the drain into our sewer system, unpleasant smells often occur. Most of the time we don’t smell them, but sometimes, our noses are able to pick up the unpleasant odor that our sewer systems create.
What causes sewer smell?
Sewer smells are caused by a variety of things such as back up, leaks, ill-fitting pipe connections, and vent pipes that are too short. Sewer smells can also be caused by sewers that backup or burst and then leave their contents out in the open.
DIY method of removal
Before you call a professional, try this DIY method for removing sewer smells. To complete this job you’ll need to gather a few supplies: white vinegar, baking soda, bleach, mineral oil, and hot water.
- Use a sturdy screwdriver to remove the trap of the sewer.
- Slowly pour one cup of pure white vinegar down the drain.
- Follow the cup of vinegar with ¼ cup of baking soda and allow the mixture to sit in the drain pipes for 2 hours. Be sure to leave the bathroom door closed while the mixture sits.
- After the two hours is up, carefully pour 1 gallon of hot water down the drain.
- Let this sit for 15 minutes, and once time is up, run cold water through the system for 10 minutes to remove any traces of the vinegar.
- Pour ½ a cup of bleach down the drain and let it sit for another 2 hours.
- Again, rinse this with 1 gallon of hot water.
- Turn on the shower faucet and let the water run for 10 minutes.
- Last but not least, pour four ounces of mineral oil down the drain and replace the drain trap.
Warning: Never mix bleach and vinegar, as this will cause toxic gas to be created and released into the air. This is why rinsing the drain before you pour the bleach down is essential.
If this method of removal doesn’t work, it’s time to call a member of our team to come solve the problem. Sewer smells aren’t pleasant and aren’t healthy to be inhaling, especially if they’ve gotten to the point of expelling gas and other chemicals.