If you’ve noticed a weird, unpleasant smell coming from your sinks or drains, there may not be anything to worry about. However, if a foul smell bubbles up when you turn on the faucet, then it’s likely that your plumbing needs some attention. Here we examine some of the common culprits behind smelly plumbing in your home and offer suggestions for eliminating the odors and making your home smell fresh again.

The Disposal

One of the most common plumbing issues caused by the disposal is an overflow. Overflowing drains can leave sewage flowing through your kitchen sink, which can make for some unpleasant smells.

The Water Heater

If you notice a strong metallic odor coming from your water heater, it may be because of scale buildup on its heating coils. This buildup can cause the water heater to become less efficient, which increases your energy bills and makes your water heater work harder.

Your Drains

Hair, soap, and other debris build up in your drains over time. Due to the buildup, it can lead to toilet overflows and clogs in your pipes. As a result, odors can sneak into your home’s air vents. If you notice an unpleasant smell coming from your drains, a professional plumber should clean fix the issue.

Your Dishwasher

Buildup in a dishwasher can cause mildew and mold to grow inside the machine. This buildup, combined with the heat coming from your dishwasher, can lower its effectiveness and lead to a musty smell. If you notice an unpleasant smell coming from your dishwasher, it’s time to have it cleaned out by a professional plumber.


Grease is a prevalent cause of sewer-like smells in the home. This grease collects in pipes and builds up over time, which results in a rancid smell that you can smell coming through your drains.

Half Moon Plumbing offers a wide range of plumbing services to customers throughout Owasso, OK, and the surrounding areas. Some of the services we offer include drain cleaning, leak detection, gas line repairs, static testing, yard leaks, and much more. Our company has an experienced team of professional plumbers committed to our customer’s satisfaction. Contact us today to learn more about our plumbing services and schedule an appointment with one of our experienced plumbers.

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