Fixing a Clogged Sink Drain Trap

Under the sink is a u-shaped piece of pipe that blocks sewer gas from getting into your home. Unfortunately, it can also block water from going down if too much junk has collected there. This is the infamous “trap”.

To clean it you’ll need a bucket to catch any sewage water that may drip from the pipe, a pair of rubber gloves, an old toothbrush, a damp rag, and some cleanser. If the nuts/clamps are too tight you may also need a large pair of pliers.

Remove the trap and clean it and also clean the exposed pipe ends under the kitchen sink with a damp rag and some cleanser as well.

Replace the sink trap and tighten the nuts and run water down the sink to look for leaks.

You’re done!

Discover more about fixing your sink and keeping it smelling fresh in our Stinky Sinks article!

Using Flat Paint in Kitchen

Don’t Use Flat Paint in the Kitchen
Kitchen walls tend to collect grease and splatters from food. That’s why it’s important to pick a paint that will allow you to wash those surfaces when they get dirty.

Semi-gloss paints are a good choice here, because they wipe easily and are less permeable, meaning that contaminants are more likely to stay on the surface.

Hi-gloss paints can be even more stain-resistant, but the shiny effect of hi-gloss may be too much for a medium-to-large surface.

Stay away from flat paint on kitchen walls as you cannot scrub the surface and even a light wiping can remove some of the paint.

 

How to Fix a Stinky Sink

Lets face it; we pour everything down the sink and after a while it starts to smell pretty foul.

You can disinfect your sink pipe and drain by mixing a gallon of hot water with a cup of chlorine bleach and pouring the solution down the drain.

If your sink is made from delicate material such as natural stone you’ll want to carefully pour it down the drain so it does not come into contact with the sink.

You can also keep a sink smelling clean just by pouring several buckets of boiling water down the sink each week. After you use boiling water to cook food such as pasta or making tea, pour the boiling water down the drain and it will kill many germs near the top of the drain and flush them away.

Finally, there are bacterial powders that you mix with water and then pour the solution down the drain. If your house uses a septic system, then this may actually be your best solution, since it will help keep your septic healthy as well!

Discover more about fixing your sink in our Stinky Sinks article!