Your QuestionsCategory: Plumbing QuestionsWhy Does My Garbage Disposal Smell So Bad?
Chris Cochran Staff asked 3 months ago

Why Does My Garbage Disposal Smell So Bad?

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Terry Ross Staff answered 3 months ago

Garbage-Disposal Answer for Why Does My Garbage Disposal Smell So Bad?If you have a foul smell coming from your garbage disposal unit, then you most likely have food stuck somewhere in the system. The food can be in the garbage disposal, in the drain or deeper down in the pipes. Sometimes, particular food types (meat bones or fruit pits, for instance) aggravate this problem. In a worst case scenario, it is possible that the smell is sewage backing up into the pipes. The first thing to do is have the garbage disposal checked for food, and if necessary, have the disposal unit dismantled.

It may be necessary to get the drains cleaned to get rid of the smell completely. Garbage disposal units that have slight smells even when there is no clog or food present can receive a generous treatment of lime juice, lemon juice, and/or vinegar to make it smell better. A slight but persistent smell, one without a clog, is easily treated. A generous helping of lime juice or lemon juice and vinegar will freshen it up nicely. If you need something stronger, there are also a number of chemicals made for just that purpose. You can learn more about kitchen plumbing services here or call us at 352-728-6053.