How Indianapolis plumbers fix smelly bathroom drains
One potential culprit behind stinky bathroom drains in showers or tubs is hair and soap sludge buildup in the pipes, which can sometimes produce an odor or an ideal environment for mold to grow, says Ken Collingwood, service manager of highly rated Kellie Plumbing in Franklin, Ind. “If it’s mold, a bleach-water mix will neutralize and kill it off,” he says. “If there’s a hair blockage there, we’ll use a machine to clean out the blockage.”
He advises not using over-the-counter drain cleaners, which he says can damage pipes over time and do nothing to remove hair. His small sink machine takes about an hour to clear one drain, he says. Cost varies, but Kellie’s hourly rate is $155 and the fee for using the machine is $55 to $65, depending on the drain type.
Improper venting or dried traps in infrequently used drains are also common causes of drain odors, Collingwood says, and he recommends briefly running water to restore the trap seal.
If the plumbing system’s improperly vented, sewer gas can’t escape, says highly rated Indianapolis plumber Danny Phillips of A-Danny Phillips Plumbing. “Smells can be really tricky,” he says, noting that his fees often vary depending on how quickly and easily he can locate the source. He says his hourly rate is $120 for the first hour and then $75 per hour after that. “It’s not something I can just look at. I have to do some investigation.”
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