A clog or stubborn odor could make any drain quickly turn into a nuisance. To eliminate organic residue buildup that could lead to clogs and odors, regularly clean drains.  You could utilize a fast DIY to fix your sink and make it properly work if you find water no longer drains efficiently. Also, you could take precautions to prevent clogs and odors from forming.

Getting Rid of Buildup and Odors

  • You can treat the drain with hot water, baking soda, and white vinegar. This could help get rid of odors caused by the buildup of organic residue, grease, and bacteria in your drain. Also, this could help clean the residue out to avoid clogging in the future. First, pour 118 mL (1/2 of a cup) of baking soda down the drain. Next, pour the same amount of white vinegar. Immediately plug or cover your drain and let the solution stay for around 16 minutes. Then, boil some water in a saucepan or kettle and pour it down your drain. Aside from that, a mixture of vinegar and baking soda could be utilized to clean off mineral deposits and stains of the area around the exterior of the drain.
  • You could also use a biological cleaner to treat drains that are dirty. Routine preventative measures could keep the drains smelling great, prevent clogs in the future, and eliminate potentially dangerous mold and bacteria. Enzymatic or biological drain cleaners, such as Citra-Drain or Zep, are environmentally friendly and safe. Also, they are safer for the septic system than almost all other chemical cleaners. Follow the instructions in the packaging for treating your drain to get rid of buildup and odors.
    • Keep in mind that this method is less effective and slower than chemical cleaners. However, they’re safer for everyone and for the environment.
    • To be effective, biological cleaners might need repeated treatment.
  • Scrub out the drain using lemon peels, salt, and ice. It would likely mean that bacteria and organic residue have started to buildup on your grinders if the garbage disposal operates well but smells unpleasant. Fill your disposal with several lemon peels, a handful of salt, and several cups of ice cubes. Let the disposal grind those materials for a bit to scrub out the residue without hurting the steel grinders.

Unclogging the Drain

  • Utilize the plunger to unclog your drain. They are good for clearing a clog in your toilet. However, they also work great on clogged tubs and sinks. Fill the tub or sink with enough water to cover the bottom and the drain. Firmly press down the plunger over the drain to generate a tight seal and provide it few fast pumps.
  • Contact a Plumber. Contact an expert sewer drain plumber to clear your drain that is clogged if you do not feel confident that you could handle safely the issue yourself or if everything else fails. Call your property manager or landlord if you live in a rental property. They know who to call.