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  1. #1
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    Default 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?

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    Default 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.

  3. #3
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    Default 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.

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    Default 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.

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    Default Re: Bad smell from drain

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

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