Bad Odours and Smelly Drain Inspection

Call us anytime, day or nightRequest a call back

Suffering from a blocked drain? Request a Call Back now and speak to one of our friendly advisers

Unpleasant odours emanating from drains are a common issue faced by both residential and commercial property owners. These unwelcome scents not only disrupt your daily life but can also indicate underlying problems within your drainage system. At Rapid Drains, we understand the inconvenience and discomfort that smelly drains can bring. That’s why we offer professional inspection and maintenance services to address these issues promptly.

The Importance of Timely Inspection and Maintenance

Ignoring smelly drains and bad odours can lead to more significant problems down the line. These odours often signal the presence of clogs, buildup, or even sewage issues within your drainage system. If left unattended, these issues can escalate into costly repairs and health hazards. That’s why timely inspection and maintenance are crucial.

Our comprehensive inspection services and CCTV survey technology are designed to pinpoint the root causes of these odours, allowing us to provide effective solutions.

With Rapid Drains, you can say goodbye to smelly drains and hello to a fresh and odour-free environment. We are committed to delivering exceptional service and resolving these issues efficiently, so you can enjoy peace of mind and a comfortable living or working space.

Common Causes of Smelly Drains and Bad Odours

Smelly drains and unpleasant odours in your property can arise from a variety of causes, each of which can lead to foul odours and, in some cases, pose potential health risks. Understanding these common causes is crucial for addressing the issue effectively. Here are some of the typical reasons behind smelly drains:

Food Debris

Food particles that accumulate in your kitchen sink or garbage disposal can decompose over time. This decomposition produces foul-smelling gases, resulting in an unpleasant odour. Additionally, food debris can attract pests and lead to hygiene concerns.

Grease Buildup

Grease, fats, and oils from cooking can solidify in your drains, creating clogs. These clogs not only impede the flow of water but also provide an ideal environment for bacteria to thrive. As the bacteria break down the grease, they release foul-smelling gases.


Hair, soap residue, and foreign objects can accumulate in bathroom and shower drains, causing blockages. Visit our service page to find out more about blocked drains. When water can’t flow freely through the pipes, it can become stagnant and emit unpleasant odours. Clogs can also lead to slow drainage and backups.

Sewage Issues

One of the most serious and concerning causes of foul odours is sewage problems. A damaged or compromised sewage line can allow sewage gases to escape into your property. These gases contain harmful pathogens and noxious fumes that can pose health risks to occupants.

Our Drain Inspection Services

At Rapid Drains, we take pride in our extensive expertise and years of experience in providing top-notch inspection services for smelly drains and bad odours. We understand the unique challenges posed by these issues and have developed effective strategies to address them.
Expertise and Experience: Our team of highly trained professionals has encountered a wide range of smelly drain and odour-related problems. This wealth of experience equips us with the knowledge to quickly and accurately identify the root causes of these issues, ensuring that we provide targeted solutions.

  • Qualified Team: Our dedicated team members are certified experts in plumbing and drainage systems. They are committed to staying up-to-date with the latest industry advancements and techniques to deliver the highest quality service to our clients.
  • Effective Resolution: We are committed to resolving stinky drains effectively. Our goal is to eliminate the smells at their source. We understand that each property is unique, and we tailor our inspection and resolution methods accordingly.
  • Our Inspection Process

    Our inspection process is thorough and meticulous, ensuring a comprehensive assessment of your drainage system.

    • CCTV Drains Survey: We utilise specialist equipment to inspect your drainage system. This includes the use of cameras to access hard-to-reach areas within your pipes, allowing us to identify issues that may be contributing to the odours.
    • Root Cause Identification: Our skilled technicians focus on identifying the root causes of the odour problems. Whether it’s a clog, grease buildup, damaged pipes, or other issues, we leave no stone unturned. This thorough approach ensures that we address the underlying problems and not just the symptoms.
    • Customised Solutions: Once we’ve pinpointed the issues, we recommend the best solution for your specific situation. Our goal is to provide long-lasting results, so you can enjoy an odour-free environment for the long term.

    With Rapid Drains you can trust that our inspection process is designed to deliver results. We’re dedicated to ensuring your complete satisfaction and providing a clean, fresh, and comfortable living or working space for you and your family or colleagues.

    Why you shouldn’t ignore bad odours?

    The presence of smelly drains and bad odours isn’t just a nuisance; it can also have health implications:

    • Respiratory Issues: Foul odours from sewage or decomposing materials can irritate the respiratory system, leading to symptoms like coughing, sneezing, and worsened allergies.
    • Bacterial Contamination: Sewage gases contain harmful bacteria, and exposure can result in gastrointestinal illnesses if ingested or skin and eye irritations upon contact.
    • Pest Attraction: Rotting food and organic matter in clogged drains can attract pests such as flies, cockroaches, and rodents, introducing additional health risks. At Rapid Drains, we offer a rat inspection service to determine these issues.
    • Mould and Mildew Growth: Stagnant water in clogged drains can promote mould and mildew growth, which can trigger allergies and respiratory issues in sensitive individuals.

    Addressing the causes of smelly drains promptly through professional inspection and maintenance not only eliminates odours but also mitigates potential health risks, ensuring a safe and comfortable living or working environment.

    Rapid Drains’ Preventative Maintenance

    Preventive maintenance is the key to keeping your drainage system free from odour-related issues in the future. We understand that addressing problems before they escalate is not only cost-effective but also ensures your peace of mind. Preventive maintenance helps you avoid the inconvenience, health risks, and expenses associated with smelly drains and bad odours. By taking proactive steps to care for your drainage system, you can extend its lifespan, reduce the likelihood of emergencies, and enjoy a consistently fresh and clean environment.

    Our Top 5 Tips for Drainage System Maintenance

    • Schedule routine inspections by professionals to identify and address potential issues before they worsen. These inspections can detect early warning signs and allow for timely interventions.

    • Avoid disposing of grease, fats, oils, and non-biodegradable items down your drains. These substances can lead to clogs and foul odours. Instead, use designated disposal methods.

    • Ensure everyone in your household is aware of what can and cannot go down the drain. Educating family members about proper waste disposal practices is essential for maintaining a healthy drainage system.

    • Clean your drains and pipes regularly to remove buildup and debris. Use environmentally friendly cleaning solutions or consult professionals for thorough cleaning services.

    • If you have a sewer line, keep an eye on tree roots that may infiltrate the pipes. Consider strategic planting to minimise root intrusion.

    For comprehensive preventive maintenance services, be sure to visit our Preventative Maintenance Page to learn more about how we can help you maintain optimal drainage function.

    Why Choose Rapid Drains

    Latest Technology

    Rapid Drains use the latest technology to unblock your drains and pipes in. We have the latest CCTV cameras to perform surveys and assess problems.

    24/7 Call Out Service

    Rapid Drains work round the clock all year to fix your emergencies. 24 hours a day 7 days a week, and we can usually be with you within the hour.

    Drainage Advice

    Rapid Drains employs drainage experts who are on hand to offer the best advice and assistance. We are always happy to help so get in touch!

    Upfront Costs

    Rapid Drains will fix any domestic or commercial drainage problem at competitve rates and prices. No call out fees!

    OUR TEAMDomestic and Commercial Drain Specialists

    Rapid Drains offer a 24/7 emergency service. We have engineers in your area ready to unblock your drain or fix any plumbing issues so your day can return to normal with minimal fuss. If you require the services of a professional call Rapid Drains now on 0330 333 6199

    Our Services

    Common Causes Of Problems Within A Sewer Line

    24/7 Emergency Drainage services


    Why does my drain smell?

    A foul smell emanating from your drain can be due to various common causes. Leftover food particles can accumulate and foster bacteria growth in kitchen sinks. Pouring grease down the drain can lead to clogs and bacterial buildup. Blockages from hair or foreign objects can create stagnant water in pipes, causing odour.
    There are a multitude of factors that can cause these issues, by identifying the specific cause is crucial, and seeking professional help may be necessary for effective solutions and a fresh-smelling environment.

    Why does my shower drain stink?

    A shower drain can emit foul odours due to various common reasons. Accumulated hair, soap scum, and debris can create blockages, leading to stagnant water that emits unpleasant smells. Bacteria thrive in these conditions, contributing to the odour problem.

    Additionally, if the drain trap dries out due to infrequent use, sewer gases can enter your shower and cause odours. Proper maintenance and occasional cleaning can help mitigate these issues and keep your shower smelling fresh.

    Drainage specialists covering the South of England.
    Suffering from a blocked drain? Call now to speak to one of our service professionals and book a drainage engineer in your area.
    Please use our contact details below to get in touch with one of our friendly representatives.

    Contact Us

    0330 333 6199
    01202 905 969