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Dealing with a Smelly Kitchen Sink

No one wants to deal with a smelly kitchen sink. Your kitchen sees a lot of action regularly which only tends to increase around the holiday season. When left unattended, food particles and other debris can build up in your system. When this debris begins to decompose, you’ll experience unwanted smells that will only get worse. Luckily, there are a few easy tips to follow to help alleviate unwanted odor.

Keep the Sink Clean

This may seem obvious, but the less dirty dishes sit in the sink, the better chance you have of protecting your kitchen from unwanted odors. Odor can come from food dried around the sink from dirty dishes. If you notice a smell, you can start by soaking the sink in soap and water. Simply fill the sink with hot, soapy water, and with a gloved hand or brush, scrub the base and sidewalls. Let sit for 5-10 minutes and drain. This can help with odors within the drain as well.

Clean Your Garbage Disposal

Food particles, grease, and other substances can cling to your garbage disposal, especially food items that shouldn’t go down the drain such as starches and fats. These items can build up and start to smell over time. It is important to clean your disposal of these items regularly. Be sure to always unplug your disposal first before reaching your hand inside. One simple cleaning method is pouring a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar down the drain. Let sit for 5-10 minutes and slowly wash down with boiling water. 

Consider Calling in a Pro

If you still experience persistent odor, it may be time to get a professional involved. They can better assess the situation and look for issues deep within your plumbing system. If this happens, the experts at Efficient Plumbing Services can help. Contact us today. 

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