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Top Causes of Foul-Smelling Drains

Top Causes of Foul-Smelling Drains

A foul-smelling drain can be frustrating when it is in your kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room. It always seems to happen at the most inconvenient time too. So, what are some of the top causes of a smelly drain? Nu Flow St. Louis, a trusted drain cleaning company, shares some of the most common causes of foul-smelling drains

1.  Sewage

Many drains, particularly those which link the toilet and sink, will encourage bacterial growth because of the high-water level in the U shape traps. If these traps are not cleaned regularly, they can cause bad odors to build up within the drain.

Sewage odors are caused by gasses released when raw sewage mixes with water. The smell can be very strong and offensive. Sewage backup can also cause damage to your property as well as be a health hazard. Contact us if you need drain cleaning in St. Louis, MO.

2.  Bacteria

Bacteria in a drain can cause a bad smell. Bacteria build-up is usually due to a slow-moving drain because the water isn't going down fast enough to carry the bacteria away. The standing water or a clogged drain allows bacteria to grow and multiply. 

Drains can also be a breeding ground for insects such as flies, cockroaches, and maggots, which thrive on the decaying food particles found in standing water. Insects do not breed in drains alone, but they will also be attracted to the smells from a drain. Consider hydro jetting services to eliminate all the bacteria and food particles in the drains. 

3.  Food Waste

Food waste is one of the most common causes of a smelly drain. When food particles are washed down a sink or toilet, they will eventually end up in your main sewer line. If these food particles are not flushed away with water, they can decompose and cause bad odors. Foods that you should never put down the drain include grease, oil, bacon, eggs, dairy, and meat products. If you face this problem, contact us for drain snaking services.

Nu Flow St. Louis provides a full range of drain cleaning services. From snaking to jetting, we are the team that you can rely on for clog issues. Call us or fill out the form to schedule an appointment.

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