You are a good housewife and regularly clean the house, but something constantly stinks? We will tell you how to find and eliminate the causes of bad smell.
All smells - both pleasant and disgusting - are distributed in two ways. There are odor sources that emit it, and odor carriers that absorb and store it. Here's what you should look out for when searching.
Everything that you wash off in the shower or from the dishes in the kitchen flies into a magic pipe to the center of the Earth, where it disappears forever. This is a common misconception and millions of plumbers were burned at the stake by the Inquisition for trying to debunk this idea.
In fact, some of the sewage settles in the siphons under your sink, in the folds of corrugated liners and on the walls of sewer pipes, where bacteria colonies begin to feed in warm water. Ideally, you should not feel this smell, although it is always there. What to do if it smells?
1. Make sure you have siphons under your sinks. Sometimes for simplicity (which is worse than stealing), sink drains are corrugated directly to the sewer. And the smell comes back unhindered.
2. There is a siphon, but the drain smells? So you have a blockage. As a preventive measure, stop pouring your used tea or coffee grounds down the sink.
Well, to remove the accumulated "reserves", once every three months, unscrew the siphon cover and remove the accumulated debris, and clean the bathroom drain with a plunger. There will be a lot of hair and bad smell, be warned.
And once every two weeks or more, pour a drain cleaner down the drain. Not necessarily the most expensive, the simple Mole does just fine.
3. Do you still smell? So one of the sewer pipe connections is leaking. You may see drips under a pipe or find cracked seals at the joints of an old cast-iron sewer. In the second case, it will not drip, but the smell will be hoo. Call a plumber for repairs.
Maybe it doesn't work the way it should. Remove the ventilation grille cover and vacuum it and the ventilation opening as far as you can reach. At the same time, you will remove the dust that stores these odors. After that, using thin paper (for example, a napkin) or a candle flame, check the draft: both the flame and the paper should be slightly drawn into the ventilation shaft
If this does not happen, contact the utilities. The shaft itself in the whole house may be clogged, and only they can fix it.
It is also possible that someone gifted above you made a redevelopment in the kitchen, walling up your common shaft. This is illegal and such a smart guy will be obliged to restore everything as it was.
Stores and accumulates odors. Your favorite congestion spots are the ones you don't visit often: radiators behind decorative grilles, under the bathroom, behind the washing machine and stove, where crumbs and leftovers from cooking are added to it.
We all know how annoying it is to move the stove away for cleaning, but there is a little trick that will make your life easier. After the next cleaning, sprinkle soda evenly between the stove and the wall and adjacent cabinets. Anything that falls or spills over the stove will mix with the baking soda but not stick to the floor. And there will be no smell. Next time you clean (now you only need to check in every three months), just vacuum the area.
A few more dust collectors are houseplants, dry bouquets and stacks of old newspapers. And if fresh flowers are easy enough to clean with a spray bottle or steam cleaner, then it’s better to just get rid of other sources.
First of all, make sure that there is no undead piece of cheese, fish or garlic anywhere. Husks in a vegetable box, as well as a piece of rotten pepper, can emit an indescribable stench, although they can be so small that you always wonder what it smells like?
Wash the walls of adhering food debris. Close all containers - especially sauce bottles - with lids. If the smell has ingrained into the walls, the next time you defrost the refrigerator, wash it with vinegar and air it out.
Refrigerators with a No Frost system often clog a small tube that drains condensate to the outside. It needs to be cleaned with an impromptu brush made of thin wire with a cotton swab dipped in vinegar. The refrigerator will have to be pushed back to make sure you brushed right through and not pushed the clog deeper. At the same time, your husband will shake the old days and remember the skills of cleaning weapons - the principle is the same here.
Condensate in such refrigerators falls on a special container on the compressor cover, from where it evaporates. It also needs to be washed if you do not need such a dubious scented candle.