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How to Reduce Kitchen Sink Odors

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Kitchen SinkThere are countless things that make the way into your kitchen sink. Besides just water, food particles and other debris have a way of sneaking in without being noticed. A garbage disposal attachment is another cause of problems with food. All of these items together can create some unpleasant odors in your kitchen sink. These odors can be taken care of without too much work at all.

Ways to Remove Unpleasant Odors from Your Kitchen Sink

Remove Debris

More than likely, the smell that is coming from your sink is caused by grease and food particles. These items do not always make it all the way through your drain and may get clogged. It is possible that these items have come in contact with each other, and they are causing a blockage in the trap below your sink. Over time, these particles emit smells that are both disturbing and hard to remove.

In order to remove the debris, you must first turn off the water to your sink. This can be done right at the sink itself. If there is no shut off valve there, turn off the main water supply. Once the water is off, take the time to remove the trap and any other parts of the sink that need to be removed. Thoroughly clean out each piece of piping and then reinstall all of the pieces. Then you simply need to see if there are any leaks once you turn the water back on. If there are not any leaks, you should notice that the odor has lessened greatly. In a day or two, the odor should be completely gone.

It is important to remember to put down a pan to catch the excess water when you remove the pipes. You should also make certain that you have all of the necessary tools to complete the job. A quick web search or book will give you all of the information you need to perform the task with very few problems.

Clean the Sink

Many plumbers and other professionals believe that the odor causing items cannot simply be flushed out with drain cleaners. Many plumbers choose to use bleach to clean out the system. All that you basically need to do is to pour some bleach down into your sink. If you do this about once a month, you will find that the odors are not prevalent anymore. The bleach does help to wash away some of the build-up that may be causing the problem, and it also cleans in the process.

Help from the Garbage Disposal

The final way to quickly clean your sink is by putting lemons or limes into your garbage disposal and grinding them up. Cut the citrus fruit into quarters, turn on the water to your disposal and then turn it on. This will create a nice odor in your sink and override the foul odors. There are also many products on the market that clean out your garbage disposal. The choice is simply up to you.

It is an easy DIY job to remove odors from your sink. If you run into any real problems, contact Raymark Plumbing to assist you. Home remedies are sometimes still the best remedies to use.

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