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Smell Foul Odor? Tips to get rid of it

Are there foul odors in your home? As a homeowner, are you trying to find solutions to eliminate sudden sewer odors? If so, at New West Plumbing, we can help you! We know that sewage odors are extremely unpleasant, and they can take over your entire property. To get rid of the sewage odors, we must first find the source of the problem, let’s jump in and discuss the most common reasons for these odors and then how we can eliminate them.

Bacteria-Laden Drain Clogs: How to Eliminate Sewage Odors

Bacteria-laden drain clogs are caused by food, hair, grease, and other substances that won’t flush through the sewage lines. Once the substances form a clog in the drain, the odor is overwhelming. The first sign is slow draining after you shut off the water to the sink or tub. If you encounter slow drains, there is a clog that needs a solution now.

Solutions for Bacteria-Laden Drain Clogs:


For some drains, a plunger is all that is needed to unclog the drain and get the wastewater to flow into the sewage lines. It’s important to use the appropriate plunger for each drain. Never plunge your sink with your toilet plunger. If the clog is in the sink, you need a plunger designed specifically for a sink. Hardware stores have the right products and they offer assistance.

Snake Your Drain

A plumbing snake or auger could unclog the drain. If you are unfamiliar with how to use the equipment, it is best to contact our team at New West Plumbing, and we will use or professional equipment to snake the drain and remove the substances that are clogging the drain.

Other Ways to Unclog a Drain:Pour Hot Water Down the Drain

Yes, plain hot water could remove a grease clog and dissolve the grease quickly. It is also a non-toxic way to force the debris into the sewage system.

Pour Baking Soda and Vinegar into the Drain

Heat about a gallon of water on the stove until boiling, and once it boils, set it aside for later. Start by pouring 1/2 cup of baking soda into the drain. Next, pour one cup of vinegar directly into the drain on top of the baking soda. Allow it to sit for at least 10 minutes. Then, pour the boiling hot water into the drain.

Dry Drain Traps

Underneath the kitchen sink, you’ll see a U-shaped pipe. Its purpose is to prevent sewer gas from flowing back into the water lines or into your property. The same type of water pipe is found underneath the bathtub or shower drain for the same reason. If the drain isn’t used often, it can dry out, and sewer gas enters the drain flowing back into your property. It happens frequently with basement drains or guest bathrooms that aren’t used regularly.

Solution: Keep the Drain Wet and Preventing It From Drying

All you have to do is pour about a gallon of water into the drain. This fills up the drain trap. If a dry drain trap is the only issue, the smell will dissipate and solve the problem. It is necessary to complete this step at least twice a month if you are not using the drains on a daily basis.

Wax Toilet Rings That Are Faulty and Require Replacement

Wax toilet rings are installed between the toilet and flange to create a tight seal underneath the toilet. Their purpose is to prevent toilet leaks and sewer gas from entering the home.

Solution: Replace the Ring

The average lifespan for a wax ring is between 20 and 30 years. Yet, wear and tear could decrease the life span. If you notice leaks around the bottom of the toilet or unwanted smells, contact us at New West Plumbing and we will replace the wax ring for you.

Cracked or Broken Drain Pipes

Cracked and broken drain lines cause unpleasant sewer odors in your home.

Solution: Trenchless pipe lining or drain pipe replacement

Contact our local plumbers at New West Plumbing, and we will complete the repairs and replacement services for you. We use one of the following methods for repairing the issue.

  • Trenchless Pipe Lining. Our team uses a minimally invasive method of replacing a plumbing line without extensive digging, and we won’t destroy your landscaping. We use an epoxy-soaked liner that creates a new water pipe within the existing drain pipe. The project takes a few hours to complete, and it can get rid of unwanted odors and restore your plumbing lines quickly.

  • If the sewage line doesn’t have structural integrity. Under these conditions, we cannot use the trenchless pipe lining method and will need to dig up the drainpipe to replace it.

Clogged Vent Pipes

Vent pipes extend through the roof and regulate the air pressure within the property’s drainage system. Without a proper drainage system, the air won’t reach the water lines and the wastewater won’t flow out properly. Unfortunately, debris such as leaves and snow lead to clogs in the vent pipes and could restrict airflow throughout the sewage lines. That causes the odor to flow back into the property.

Solution: Clear obstructions from the vent pipe

Our Burnaby plumbers for example start by checking the pipes for common buildups, such as leaves and snow. Once we discover the source of the problem, we will remove it promptly and restore proper ventilation. We will evaluate the vent pipe to ensure it has the correct angle and is covered properly to prevent new clogs from happening. If the clog is further into the sewer system, we can use a drain camera to find it and then complete the necessary steps to remove the clog for you.

While sewage odors are unpleasant, they don’t always mean you have a serious plumbing issue. The odor could be attributed to something minor, and our technician can find it in minutes.At New West Plumbing, we offer licensed and insured plumbing technicians with a wide variety of plumbing skills, including sewage repairs and replacements. We have been serving Burnaby, Coquitlam, and New Westminster for many years and are dedicated to providing superior plumbing services. If you have plumbing issues, contact us today for an appointment!