Today I've got a great tip for you on how to clean stinky sink drains that comes from a real pro… my buddy at Las Vegas Appliance Masters (www.lasvegasappliancemasters.com) who deals with a lot of stinky situations. So stay tuned, I think by the end of this article, you are going to get rid of that nasty smell that permeates up through your drain and before you know it, you are going to enjoy your bathroom a lot better, so let's get to it.
The first thing you should do is check that your P trap has water in it or that you have a Ptrap. The water will prevent sewer gas from coming up into your bathroom. Remove the P trap by loosening the two knots that hold it in place. Then, take a look and see if there is water down in it. There should be. There is also bio-film in my P trap and that needs to be removed.
You'll have to unscrew the pivot rod. So, turn the nut counterclockwise to remove the pivot rod from the drain. Yikes! That's in bad shape too, so we'll have to clean that. The pivot rod, by removing it, allows you to remove the pop-up stopper which collects a whole bunch of grime and muck because we wash our faces, brush our teeth, shave, etc.
So, what I like to do is clean the pop-up stopper off with a toothbrush and take a paper towel, fold it and push it down the drain. Use and appliance brush like this one here that help push it down even further. What you are going to do is scrape the sides of your drain and remove any additional bio-film that is on it. As you can see here, there's plenty of bio-film on this drain.
So, remove the goose neck from the wall and you can see, it's pretty nasty. And take a spoon and scrape out any sediment that's in the wall drain. Then use the same paper towel method that you used on the drain that cleaned out the P trap and the goose neck and you could see, it's pretty effective by doing that. Already it looks a lot better.
Heat a pot of water on the stove. We're going to use this later. Then fill up either a kitchen sink or a laundry tub full of water and place all of your parts into the water, so the P trap, the goose neck, the pivot rod and the pop-up stopper. The next thing that we are going to do is add about one quarter cup of Clorox bleach to the water and this is going to disinfect all of the parts.
So, let that sit for about ten minutes and then you can pull your parts out. Now, Obviously, I cleaned them off with a paper towel beforehand, but they look pretty awesome at this point. Another step that I did, that you don't have to do, is I sprayed down all the parts with Wet and Forget Indoor mold and mildew remover. This is optional.
I had the Wet and Forget sitting around, I figured why don't I just give it a shot. So I sprayed it down on all the parts and I even sprayed it into the two inch pipe that's in the bathroom. All right! It's time to put everything back together again. Place the goose neck into the wall drain, tighten down the nut, secure the P trap to the drain coming from the sink and the goose neck.
Ratchet down on these nuts and make sure all the fittings are flush, then place a clevis arm on the pivot rod and tighten down the nut that holds the pivot rod in the drain. You want to make sure that's tight, not super tight, just tight enough the water won't penetrate through. Run your water.
We are going to do this to make sure that all the fittings are bone-dry and they are, in my case. But if they are not in yours, just make sure those nuts are tight. Pour the water down the drain in two-cup increments. This is going to disinfect your drain even further and move any of the sediment down the main waste sack. And, the last step is to place the clean pop-up stopper down into the drain and you are done. There you have it.
That's how you fix a stinky sink drain. And, you know, I think that, if you follow the tips that I showed you here, you won't have that nasty smell anymore. And, if you have a question, by all means, just let me know or, if you've got your own tips, please add them to the comment section because I am always looking to learn and I know that everybody who reads these articles would like to learn from you too.