Why Do My Drains Smell Bad?

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Well-maintained drains are one of the keys to a clean and hygienic home. However, many homeowners overlook their importance and only deal with them when they become partially or completely blocked. Sometimes, they leave the problem unattended for a long time that awful odors begin to emanate.

While foul smells from your sink or shower can be addressed with professional drain cleaning in Phoenix, AZ, there are cases when the issue lies deep in your sewer system. Read on as Zippity Split Plumbing lists the top causes behind foul-smelling drains.


From oil and grease to dirt and food particles, there’s a lot that easily gets washed down the drain. They accumulate in your pipes over time, resulting in a clogged drain. A foul smell may follow, implying that you need to get your drains cleared out soon. Otherwise, you might end up dealing with a nasty backup.

Dry P-trap

Drain lines come with a goose-necked pipe section called the P-trap. It’s filled with water to prevent sewer gas from infiltrating your home. When the drains are left unused, water will eventually evaporate and bring in a foul odor. You can fix this by running water for a few minutes until the smell disappears. If it persists, seek professional drain cleaning services from Zippity Split Plumbing.

Damaged Sewer Line

Sewer lines are designed to be airtight, which means they shouldn’t allow sewage odor to escape. If you notice a rotten egg smell from your drains, it’s a sign that there’s a crack or leak in your sewer system. In most cases, this is usually accompanied by other issues like random damp spots on your lawn or multiple drains backing up in your home. Fortunately, we’re more than just your dependable drain cleaning company. We also offer a comprehensive range of sewer repair services to restore your lines in good working order.

Turn to Zippity Split Plumbing — we’ll be sure to get into the root of the problem and give your drains a thorough cleaning. We specialize in drain snaking, pipe descaling, and other proven methods to restore proper flow. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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