What Is That Smell Coming From Your Drains And Faucets?

Foul odors coming from your faucets and drains can sour you on the idea of using any of the plumbing in your home. The smell can vary, but in most instances, it is a rotten eggs smell that fills the home. Since ignoring the smell is not an option, you need to act now. Here is what you need to know to get started.  

What Is Causing the Smell?

There are several reasons that water from the faucets and drains can smell, but the likely cause is bad bacteria. The bacteria can build up in your plumbing lines and create gases that are noticeable when running or draining water. The bacteria not only can build in your plumbing lines, but also your hot water heater.

The smell might not be noticeable all the time. For instance, you might not notice it until you are using hot water. There is also the possibility that the smell is only noticeable around the drains in your home.

Unfortunately, the odors from the water could be accompanied by other problems. It is not uncommon for the water to change colors. The water could appear to be green, brown, red, or milky white. The color of the water can often indicate what the problem is with your plumbing. For instance, green water could be an indication that your copper plumbing is corroding. Milky white water could be the result of tiny air bubbles.

What Can You Do?

If the odor is only present when you use hot water and it is not accompanied by any other problems, try draining your hot water heater completely. You should also check the temperature to ensure that it is high enough to heat the water and kill the bacteria. Refer to your owner's manual to learn of the temperature your hot water heater should be set.

If the odors are coming from your drain, it is possible that disinfecting the drain will get rid of the smell. You can use soap and a small brush to clean the pipes. You only should clean the pipes that are directly connected to the drain. Going further in the plumbing lines could result in damage.

Continued odor problems should be checked by an experienced plumber. He or she can identify the cause of the odors and resolve the problem. The plumber can also give you pointers on avoiding odors in the future and maintaining your plumbing lines.