How to Get Rid of Moldy Smelling Drains
Apr 22, 2016
Doing the dishes and cleaning your sinks are unpleasant enough, but add the smell of mold and it’s just unbearable. Not only does this moldy smell dissuade you from going anywhere near your drains, but the odor can also spread through the house. The moldy smell is not only relegated to just your kitchen sink. It can appear in the bathroom as well. To help make your home livable again, we offer some tips on dealing with moldy smelling drains.
Why Does the Smell Happen
The moldy smell in your drains comes from….you guessed it – mold! Mold and mildew form easily in damp, dark environments. That is why drainpipes are ideal places for the fungus to grow. Kitchen and bathroom sinks in particular have mold growth because of the food particles and hair particles that pass. The mold feeds off the debris. The fungus and mildew are not only unpleasant to your nose, the spores can cause eye / skin irritation and respiratory problems.
How to Get Rid of the Mold
Different people turn to different solutions when dealing with mold in your drains. Many individuals choose drain cleaners or bleach to kill off the fungus. However, this can cause more damage to both you and your pipes. Instead, try using ingredients in your own home. Pour half a cup of baking powder down the drain. Wait 20 minutes and then pour one cup of hydrogen peroxide. The mixture should foam up, lining your pipes. The hydrogen peroxide works to kill the fungus, while the baking soda works to kill the smell.
If this doesn’t work, you may need to contact a professional. At bluefrog Plumbing + Drain, our plumbers have extensive experience and knowledge about how to fix moldy drains. Let’s face it, mold is gross. Allow us to take care of your pipes so that you don’t have to. We make sure to get things done right the first time. Call today to schedule a free estimate.