If you notice a nasty smell lingering in the kitchen, even after a big clean, you may need to look to the plughole. A stinky kitchen sink is enough to put anyone off their food but what can you do about something you can’t even see? In this article, we’ll look at the top causes of smells coming from your kitchen sink and what you can do to get rid of them and stop them coming back.
There are two main reasons why your kitchen sink is giving off a foul smell.
The first step in treating your kitchen sink smell problem is to determine the cause:
Once you know the cause of the smell in your kitchen, you can use one of the methods outlined below to fix the problem and prevent it returning. If you have tried all of the methods below and you still cannot get rid of the smell, you may need to call in the professionals.
Kitchen sink smells won’t go away on their own. Once you know the cause, you can use one of the methods below to remedy the problem. You can choose from a DIY method or a chemical cleaning method to clean your pipes. We also have some tips for fixing problems with your U-bend.
The following methods use items you may already have in your store cupboard to help get rid of kitchen smells.
If the blockage is caused by a build-up of fats and oils, then pouring boiling water down your drain could be all you need to do.
Vinegar is a popular cleaning product as it is cheap, readily available and a natural odour killer.
If you need more power to shift the blockage, try mixing vinegar with baking soda for a deodorising combo.
You can find chemical drain cleaners in most supermarkets and DIY shops. You can choose between a bio-enzyme cleaner or a ready-made drain cleaner to flush away any debris.
The U-bend is your first line of defence against sewer smells which is why it is sometimes known as a sewer gas trap. If you have tried the methods above and you still have a bad smell coming from your kitchen sink, it might be time to check the U-bend. If it smells like rotten eggs, there is a good chance your U-bend is to blame.
The U-bend needs water to work effectively. If you have been away on holiday and you haven’t used your sink for a while, the water in your pipes may have evaporated. All you need to do is run your taps to refill with water.
Another potential problem is a U-bend leak. Check under your sink for signs of a leak. If you have damp patches under your sink, you may need to call a plumber. If you’re a YourRepair home and boiler care plan customer, this may be included in your plan.
If there is an obstruction in the U-bend, you will need to remove the U-bend and clean it with a wire brush.
Once the smell in your sink has gone away, you’ll want to take steps to stop it from happening again. Try the following to keep odours away:
If you have tried everything above and you still can’t get rid of the bad smell from your kitchen sink, it’s time to get professional help. With the home and boiler care plan from YourRepair, you’ll be covered for everything from your boiler to your kitchen sink.