15 Oct What’s that gurgling noise? It might be beneath your sink…
We get calls from time to time from our wastewater customers who are experiencing slow drains, gurgling noises in the drain, or strange smells coming out of the drain. These are pretty common issues, and relatively easy to troubleshoot. And they’re helpful tips for every homeowner or renter, regardless of who your sewer provider is.
Slow drains and gurgling noises – If it’s isolated to one drain, the drain is probably clogged. If multiple fixtures in your home (bathtub, sinks, commodes, etc.) are having issues, and you are a WHUD wastewater customer, give us a call at 615-672-4110. We can send someone out to see if there is a bigger issue with your service. If you aren’t on WHUD sewer, you might check with your wastewater provider to see if they offer a similar service.
Strange smells – If you notice a peculiar smell wafting out of your sink, it could simply be a dried out p-trap (that u-shaped pipe under the sink). The quick remedy, if this is the issue, is to make sure and run all sinks in the home periodically to keep the p-trap from drying out. If your p-trap is in good condition, the odor could be the result of a blocked vent pipe. Vent pipes allow sewer gases to escape from your home. They generally exit through the roof and can occasionally get clogged with debris (bird nests, storm debris, etc.). But if it gets blocked, the gases can’t escape.