Our Expert Guide To Resolving Common Residential Plumbing Smells

Properly identifying and resolving common household smells can be a lot easier said than done!

gas leaks and other residential plumbing smells can permeate smells throughout your residential plumbing system

Everyone understands just how unpleasant plumbing odors are, and the truth is that household plumbing smells emanate from a whole array of different plumbing appliances and fixtures.

It’s a good thing that many of the most common residential plumbing smells do in fact have relatively simple solutions, so on this page we’re going over some of our expert tips to help homeowners when it comes to eliminating foul kitchen and bathroom smells for good!

Sewer Smells In Your Bathroom

It’s true that sewer smells within your bathroom can become a problem even when you least expect it, and many times these smells will resemble things like gasoline and rotten eggs. These types of common plumbing smells are often the result of serious leaks and cracks within your plumbing system that allow gases to escape into your home.

Two of the most common causes of sewer smells in your bathroom include bacterial growth within your pipes and damaged toilet wax rings/bases.

Toilet Base/Wax Ring Issues

It’s pretty common for sewer gases and smells to emanate from small gaps in a toilet’s base, and this can also occur when the wax ring sealant is damaged. Many times this will necessitate the need for toilet repairs like wax ring replacements and professionally re-caulking your toilet base to perfection!

Bacterial Growth In Pipes/Drains

It’s very common for a home’s drains and pipes to suffer from bacterial buildup due to soap scum and all other types of organic matter. Your drains are always going to be a potential bacteria breeding ground, and when this is the case the growth can many times get out of hand. This is partly because bacteria buildup can lead to other clogs and drainage issues by trapping things like hair in your drains.  

It’s important to never utilize liquid drain cleaners in this type of scenario, and instead you should reach out to our specialists to learn more about our sewer line repairs and drain cleaning services.

The following are a few ways in which our team will help you when it comes to addressing any bacterial growth issues:

Enzyme Cleaners

The biggest issues with over-the-counter liquid drain cleaners are the very harmful chemicals that can end up doing more harm than good for you plumbing system, and this is why we’ll always utilize enzyme-based cleaners that naturally eliminate organic matter within your pipes and drains.

Enzyme cleaners will make sure to leave the “good” bacteria behind within your pipes, which will ultimately do a good job at preventing future clogs and buildup from occurring. Enzyme cleaners may take a little bit longer in terms of recognizing tangible results, but they’re always much safer for your drains!

Baking Soda And Vinegar

Baking soda and vinegar is a noteworthy DIY drain cleaning strategy that homeowners should be aware of, but it’s always important to make sure you’re conducting this type of DIY effort flawlessly!

Hydro Jetting

Hydro jetting just so happens to be one of the most effective drain cleaning strategies when it comes to excess bacteria buildup, and what it entails is shooting a really powerful, high-pressure stream of water through your pipes in order to thoroughly clean them out.

There are many different benefits of hydro jetting, and you can be rest assured that our specialists will be capable of fully eliminating even the toughest clogs and blockages!

Sink Smells

There are many different reasons for sink plumbing repairs, and it’s pretty common for Utah homeowners to deal with sink overflows and foul smells that resemble rotten eggs.

Your sink’s overflow area is located underneath your faucet, and this area can potentially build up things like hair, bacteria and soap scum that can develop clogs that ultimately lead to smells. Our specialists are very experienced when it comes to thoroughly cleaning sink overflows, so if this issue is happening to you then you can be more rest assured that we’ll be able to fully eliminate the smell once and for all!

Garbage Disposal Smells

When your home is experiencing garbage disposal smells, the first thing you’re going to need checked out is the splash guard. Your disposal’s splash guard is the small black rubber piece that you can see when looking down towards your sink, and many times the underside of these splashguards can build up a ton of bacteria and food waste that results in foul smells.

Properly scrubbing your splashguard just might do the trick, but there are many different garbage disposal tips you should keep in mind as well. Here are some easier DIY tricks you should consider when it comes to mitigating garbage disposal smells:


One easy way to improve the smell of your garbage disposal is to put citrus peels like lemons, oranges and limes down your disposal. The citrus found within these peels will always go a long way at alleviating certain foul smells, and it often will leave a lasting citrus smell behind!

Baking Soda And Vinegar

This trusty DIY plumbing solution can also be utilized when it comes to eliminating garbage disposal smells, but it’s important to make sure you’re implementing this cleaning strategy perfectly.

The first thing you’ll do is pour about a ¼ cup of baking soda down your drain and let it sit for about 15-20 minutes, and then follow this up with around a cup of vinegar. What’s extremely important is that you’re going to need to securely cover your drain opening right after pouring the vinegar down so you can effectively trap all of the bubbles.

You’ll then simply let the solution do its thing for about 10-15 minutes and then run warm water down the drain to flush it out!

Your Water Supply Has A Sulfur-Like Smell

No one likes it when their home’s water supply smells like sulfur in any way, and there are many different issues that can lead to this type of household smell issue. It’s possible that you may require a water heater repair to eliminate these smells, but if you’re experiencing smells with both hot and cold water then it’s likely that your plumbing system is the source of the smelly water supply.

But no matter what the root cause of this type of issue is, you’re always going to require professional water filtration. This includes the following options:

  • Particle filtration
  • Ultrafiltration
  • Distillation
  • Reverse Osmosis
  • Water Softeners

Is Your Home Experiencing Residential Plumbing Smells? Reach Out To The Beehive Plumbing Team To Learn More About How Our Specialists Can Help You!

Plumbing smells of all types will always be a household issue that you simply cannot ignore, and instead of hoping on a DIY cure you should always trust the Beehive Plumbing experts to get to the root of your smells and eliminate them for good!

Reach out to us online or call us at 801-661-8155 to get in touch with our team and learn more about how we can support your efforts towards eliminating any residential plumbing smells!

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