We’ve all experienced it. You enter an older commercial office building and immediately get hit straight in the nose with a wall of stench. Depending on the type of business that previously utilized the space over the years (be it a fast-food restaurant, veterinarian, gas station bathroom, etc.), some of those smells just seem to root themselves there permanently. While there’s a lot of truth to this, there are some cleaning techniques you can use in order to remove such overwhelmingly bad odors. For sewage smells around your house, that semi-permanent bad smell that you assume is coming from the bathroom and/or backyard is really a problem originating on the roof of the building, where the plumbing system has a vent. In many cases, the vent isn’t tall enough and wind can swirl around and blow methane gas back into the building through a window or back down the vent. The good news is that, with minimal effort and expense, this can be remedied via an extension to your vent pipe. If that doesn’t solve the problem, add a charcoal filter to the vent to absorb the gases, or an inline powered ventilating fan to blow away the aroma.Get additional information at Odor Removal in Port Huron.
With bathroom odors, a vent problem can affect all of the drains in your house. If the smell comes from a single bathroom sink, then your P-trap – the U-shaped pipe under the sink – may be clogged or lined with years of accumulated gunk (most likely a stinky combination of hair, toothpaste, dirt and soap scum). Either hire a handyman or do the work yourself, but the P-trap needs to be removed and cleaned out. Afterwards, use a drain cleaner every day until the enzymes eat away at the trapped organic mess.
If you encounter a garbage-type smell in the kitchen, you should immediately sanitize the grease filters on all kitchen exhaust fans, and also thoroughly clean both the oven and microwave. Clean the fan filters in hot sudsy water every month. Wiping up spills on the walls and floor of the oven when they occur will prevent odor buildup and, as a result, you might not need to clean so frequently.
Clean your dishwasher regularly to control odors by doing the following:
- Place a cupful of white vinegar on the top rack of the dishwasher.
- Run the empty dishwasher on its hottest cycle.
- The vinegar will cut through any leftover greasy grime, and help neutralize odors.
If there is an unpleasant smell coming from your garbage disposal, here’s what you need to do:
- Pull off the splash guard on top.
- Wash it methodically with soap, water and a little white vinegar.
- Carefully reach under the splash guard with a wet paper towel and wipe it clean.
- Freeze some special ice cubes made of water and a splash of white vinegar (roughly one part white vinegar to two parts water, as straight vinegar will not freeze). Put them down the disposal and let the blades dice them up. This kills odors and sharpens the blades.
If you have a leak in water pipes or, even worse, a cracked sewer line under your house, your home can retain the raw sewage smell for extended periods of time. If you ignore a suspected leak, this negligence can lead to severe mold problems, a serious health hazard and damage to the floors and/or walls. A plumber should investigate problems such as this.
If you notice a consistent mildew-type odor when your air conditioner or heating first starts up, there is probably a big problem with the evaporative coil in your system. This is caused by a bacterial bio-film that grows on the coils of heat pumps and air conditioners. Fortunately, a comprehensive cleanse of the coils should help eliminate the smell.