Laundry Room Plumbing Issues: Bad Odours From Plumbing Pipes
Sometimes, a homeowner will detect a bad odour emanating from the plumbing pipes in the laundry room. The odour is often blamed on such things as the floor drain, actual laundry, or some other source. If you have a bathroom next to the laundry room, to determine the cause of the bad smell, pour water into the sinks, toilet, and bathtub. Flush the toilet and allow the water to drain. Wait a day and then check to see if you can detect a bad odour. Overtime, the water in your sink trap or “u-bend pipe” will evaporate allowing odours to seep into the laundry room, particularly if the plumbing is not used very often. As well, there can be an accumulation of soap scum mixed with kitchen sink waste such as grease which will produce the bad aroma and provide bacteria with the ideal environment to thrive. If dry pipes are the cause of the odour, running water through the system should get rid of the bad smell.
The best way to prevent odour in the laundry room plumbing pipes is to clean the drain lines. A water scour cleaning is the best method. There are also drain cleaners you can purchase at a hardware or plumbing supply store. As well, the purpose of the floor drain p-trap and laundry tub is to prevent nasty odours. In some laundry rooms, there are sewage baskets or sump baskets. The cause of the odour could be a poor seal around the basket, a plugged plumbing drain, or bad pump. If you have a plugged plumbing drain, you will likely have to get the drain roto-rootered or cleaned which is a job that is best left to a professional plumber.
If filling the plumbing p-traps with water does not resolve the problem, the best thing you can do is call a professional plumber. A plumber has the knowledge, experience, and the right tools to effectively find the cause of the bad odour and fix the problem, including the equipment to replace a bad sewer line or sump pump. Because the plumbing systems are fragile and complex, you do not want to risk doing more damage by attempting a repair yourself. The result would be a really expensive plumbing repair bill.
Every homeowner should have basic knowledge about how the plumbing system works in order to properly maintain the plumbing/septic system. It is also important to understand where important plumbing components are located in case you have to do something such as turn off the main water valve. When it comes to repairing plumbing problems, there are many situations where it is wise to hire a professional plumber to do the job. Getting rid of the bad odours from the plumbing pipes is one of those jobs if you were unable to fix the problem yourself by pouring water through the plumbing system. Because sewer odours can make the family and pets quite sick and make the clothing smell terrible, so it is important to fix the problem right away.