I express deep appreciation for residing in a nation equipped with a well-established plumbing infrastructure. I contemplate how fortunate we are to have this convenience, and I can hardly fathom life without it (#firstworldproblems). Occasionally, we encounter issues with our plumbing that necessitate the expertise of a skilled professional. Recently, a plumber visited our home, providing valuable insights that I believe will be beneficial to you. I’ve compiled these tips from a seasoned plumber to share with you.
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Easy Tips from a Professional Plumber
In the last few weeks, I have noticed that every time I go to rinse my mouth out from brushing my teeth, I get a disgusting waft of rotten egg smell that just about knocks my socks off. Where in the world was this coming from!?
My first thought was that it might be the drain. Clogged drains are not a stranger to my home and I figured that was the problem. But I was a little confused because the drain wasn’t backing up at all.
Rotten Egg Smell When I Turn on the Sink
The plumber came over recently, and I posed a specific question about a strange smell. To my surprise, even before I could describe it as a rotten egg-type odor, he promptly asked if it smelled like rotten eggs! That’s when I realized he truly understood the issue. I was amazed by his immediate recognition!
Interestingly, it turned out that the problem wasn’t with the drain at all! It was the tiny hole located at the back of the sink, the side closest to you. Can you believe it? That little hole was responsible for the unpleasant rotten egg smell. Due to the sink’s design, water sometimes becomes trapped in that hole. It can happen even if you don’t fill the sink high enough for water to reach it. Over time, bacteria can accumulate there.
Still skeptical? Take a look under your bathroom sink. You’ll notice a small pathway connecting the hole to the bottom of the sink where the water collects. This is where the water becomes trapped.
Shockingly Easy Rotten Egg Solution
So I asked the plumber what the solution was for the rotten egg smell and it was so simple I laughed! Bleach! He said about once a year, (or when you notice the smell) just pour a little bit of bleach down that hole and it will kill the bacteria, taking the rotten egg smell along with it! Boom. You’re welcome.
Occasionally we have occasional problems with our Lex’s Plumbing that requires the expertise of a professional. We had a plumber come over to our house the other day.
The Big Drano Debate
I heard from a neighbor of mine a few weeks ago that a plumber told her that Drano DOES NOT WORK to clear clogged drains. I could hardly believe my ears! Rarely when I use Drano does it actually make that much of a difference, but I was shocked nonetheless.
So I asked my plumber if he thinks Drano actually works to clear drains and he didn’t hesitate a bit when he said NO. ???? Think of all of the money that is wasted every year on Drano!
He said that Drano contains Sulfuric Acid…at about 5%. He said that the product that he uses to unclog drains also is Sulfuric Acid but it is MUCH more concentrated.
So, friends, I know that sometimes we use Drano because it’s much cheaper than calling a plumber. But it sounds like Drano is a waste of money!
I hope that you have found these easy tips from a professional plumber helpful….especially the rotten egg one! I was sure pleasantly surprised by the info he gave me and I hope that helps save you from calling a plumber a time or two. Do you have any secret plumbing tips? Share them in the comments below!
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