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Garbage disposal...stinks!

Posted by ilovegardening (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 18, 12 at 1:08

(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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RE: Garbage disposal...stinks!

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.


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RE: Garbage disposal...stinks!

Is your drain vented properly?


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RE: Garbage disposal...stinks!

The best place to post is in the plumbing forum.

Post what garbage disposal you have too.


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RE: Garbage disposal...stinks!

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.


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RE: Garbage disposal...stinks!

Have you tried baking soda?


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RE: Garbage disposal...stinks!

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


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RE: Garbage disposal...stinks!

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).


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RE: Garbage disposal...stinks!

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


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RE: Garbage disposal...stinks!

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


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