3 Reasons Your Kitchen Sink Smells Bad

Women cleaning the kitchen sink

You’ve just gotten out of bed and head downstairs to make your morning cup of coffee, but before you can even pick out the mug of the day, your nostrils are rudely disrupted by a foul smell from the kitchen sink.

Your kitchen is the heart of the home; it’s where all your meals are made, dishes are cleaned, and hands are washed daily. It takes a beating, and your sink can build up with grime and debris over time.

Here are three reasons your kitchen sink might smell bad!

1) Garbage Disposal Issues

Your garbage disposal needs to be regularly cleaned since it can collect sludge and bacteria that can cause your drain to smell bad. Clogs in the garbage disposal can also cause odors over time. If your garbage disposal isn’t grinding food properly, you could end up with large food particles that sit in the disposal and start to smell.

Try putting ice cubes down to help keep your garbage disposal clean. As you grind up the ice cubes, they will clean the blades. You can also try vinegar and dish soap to help reduce odors.

2) Grease

One of the most common causes of bad smells from kitchen sinks is grease. When you wash dishes, grease and oil can build up in your kitchen sink’s drain. Over time, this build-up can start to rot, which will cause a nasty smell. You can also encounter this problem if you pour vegetable oil or cooking grease into your sink’s drain.

You will need to clean your sink’s drain to solve this problem. This can be done by pouring a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a cup of vinegar. Let this mixture sit for ten minutes, then flush it with hot water.

3) P-Trap Issues

The P-trap is the curved section of piping under your sink. The purpose of the curve is to keep sewer gasses from escaping into your house. The P-trap should always be filled with water because the water will block any gasses from creeping up. If the P-trap dries out, you may start smelling the contents of your sewer.

Your P-trap might also get clogged, leading to a foul odor. You can try cleaning it with a toothbrush or cleaning agent, but if the problem persists, you may need it replaced.

At Inland Empire Leak Detection, we have the experience and industry knowledge to identify issues with your plumbing quickly and efficiently. We’ll find the problem, let you know your best course of action, and offer to make any necessary repairs after obtaining your authorization.

Contact us at (951)442-5339 to learn about our services or to schedule a free leak inspection