Garbage disposal...stinks!

ilovegardeningMarch 18, 2012

(Wasn't sure whether to post this here or in kitchens. Chose here!)

Our garbage disposal stinks. A lot. We regularly (at least once daily) flush it by dumping the dishwashing water, along with a stream of hot water from the faucet, down it while running it. We've tried lemons (there's a lemon tree in the backyard, so a plethora of lemons is at our fingertips), we've tried bleach, we've tried...lots of stuff. But it's mostly accomplished nothing.

It's not a very old unit.

There's very little waste that actually goes into it--and we're vegetarian, so the little that does slip past being scraped for compost doesn't involve rotting dead animal flesh.

But the stench... Wow. Any ideas on how to get rid of the smell?!

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asolo

Before doing anything else, I'd remove the rubber boot at the drain entrance and inspect. Should yank right out....likely held only by indents. That's where crud likes to collect and ferment and can't get flushed out by the action further down.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 1:24AM
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plllog

Is your drain vented properly?

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 2:36AM
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deeageaux

The best place to post is in the plumbing forum.

Post what garbage disposal you have too.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 5:17AM
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asolo

I had assumed, perhaps mistakenly, that the "smell" was fermenting/rotting food smell. That would indicate trouble localized to the unit and is why I suggested removing the boot and inspecting. If it's a sewer smell, that would be an entirely different issue.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 10:17AM
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weissman

Have you tried baking soda?

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 10:37AM
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live_wire_oak

Is this perhaps an island sink? If so, then I'd suspect that your Studor vent is no longer working properly.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 11:45AM
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ilovegardening

Thanks for the input so far.

No, it's not an island sink, yes, the drain is vented properly (to the best of my knowledge), yes, we've tried baking soda, and there's no plumbing issue anywhere in the house (we just had ALL the pipes replaced, including under the house, a few weeks ago).

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 12:47PM
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Angie_DIY

Did the stench start at the same time that you had all the major plumbing work done?

    Bookmark   March 19, 2012 at 10:30PM
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asolo

Ditto Angie DIY.....is the smell new as of a few weeks ago?

    Bookmark   March 19, 2012 at 11:50PM
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