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Why Does My Garbage Disposal Smell?

Why Does My Garbage Disposal Smell?

Your garbage disposal is supposed to be a source of convenience, allowing you to make food scraps disappear without a worry about clogged drains. Complacency, however, can result in a host of issues. If you are tossing anything and everything into your kitchen sink thinking the garbage disposal will handle it, then you might be in for a stinky surprise. If something smells fishy in your kitchen sink, then it might be worth investigating the garbage disposal. There are many reasons why it might be producing a stench, and Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Ohio Valley is here to help you get to the bottom of it. If you need a plumber for a garbage disposal repair, then give us a call any time.

What Causes Garbage Disposals to Smell?

If you are getting a whiff of foul odors coming from the kitchen sink, then you likely have some questions. What is causing that rancid smell? We have a few guesses.

The most obvious cause is rotting foods. Garbage disposals are meant to break apart food scraps and send them down the drain line. However, the garbage disposals, especially low-end ones, are not perfectly designed. That is to say, there are points of weakness. Specifically, food particles can get lodged under the impellers and in between components. After some time, this organic material will begin to rot and give off an offensive smell.

Your garbage disposal might be completely innocent too! That awful stench could be due to leaky or clogged drains as well. If there is a blockage in the drain line, then it is only a matter of time before that material begins to rot and release foul odors. With nowhere else to go, that smell will push back up into the kitchen.

Finally, there is the possibility of mold and mildew growth. Mold spores are all around us, and all it takes is some moisture and organic material for the spores to develop into mold. As you probably know, mold and mildew do NOT smell pleasant. Don’t worry. We have some tips on how to tackle these problems.

Tackling the Bad Odor

An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure, so let’s start with some preventative measures. First and foremost, be mindful of what goes in your garbage disposal. We do NOT recommend the following:

  • Used fats, oils, and greases. These will act as the starting point for most blockages as they harden in the drains.
  • Meats: Cooked or uncooked, these will start to smell with very little delay.
  • Fibrous Foods: Celery, onions, banana peels, corn husks, and similar stringy vegetables can wrap around the impellers and trap foods.
  • Bread, pasta, and rice will soak up water and can cause problems.

Further, make sure you are rinsing the garbage disposal with hot water after each use. This should flush away a big chunk of the gunk, but this will not be enough. Sprinkle ¼ cup of baking soda into the garbage disposal and follow it up with a cup of white vinegar. Allow the bubbly reaction to kill the bacteria and germs. Rinse with hot water after 5 to 10 minutes.

Damaged Garbage Disposal? Call Us Today

Is your garbage disposal damaged? If you need a skillful plumber for a quick garbage disposal repair, then grab your phone and call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Ohio Valley. We are always ready to help.