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Amy
Bad smell from drain

Hi guys. We are having an issue with the drain at least I hope that is the problem. Our washer sits in the lower bathroom and had a typical wall drain. There has been such a bad smell coming from that bathroom that it is effecting the entire lower level of the house. While doing some spring cleaning, I pulled the plastic drain hose out of the wall to find it was covered in gunk. It smelled really bad. I did my best to clean off the hose inside and out, and the pipe as well. Now the smell has returned with a vengeance. Is there anything I can do to remove this smell? Is there a better way to clean out the pipe? Or do I just have to be vigilant and make cleaning out this drain part of a monthly routine?

dj1
Re: Bad smell from drain

Let's hope the cause of your smell is just junk and bacteria in the drain, not a blocked vent.

To clean the line, pour a solution of 1 gal of hot water with a cup of bleach, vinegar or baking soda.

If the smell goes away but returns, do it again on a weekly basis.

If the smell doesn't go away, call your plumber.

Amy
Re: Bad smell from drain

Well, the smell went away for the time being. I only do laundry once a week and I assume it is worse from the build up of slimy stuff on the ridges of the drain hose. I may see if I can find a replacement hose that is smooth. Until then, I will be cleaning the drain hose, and the drain on a regular basis so no more bad smell. Thank you.

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Bad smell from drain

If there is no trap this will be a recurring problem.

They do make rubber donuts for the top of the hole for the hose to pass through, but that will only cover up the problem.

dj1
Re: Bad smell from drain

Weekly cleanup is what I do too. Beats replacing pipes.

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