"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > General Cooking Information > Cooking Resources > Food and Kitchen Safety
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 01-14-2011, 08:37 PM   #1
Head Chef
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,722
Awful smell

I don't really know where to put this but I am hoping that someone can help. There is a horrible smell in my house and as near as I can tell it seems to be coming from the kitchen. But we cannot figure out exactly where although at this point we suspect the kitchen drain. We have torn the place apart trying to find the culperate. It does not seem to be coming from the fridge, stove, trash, garbage or anywhere else. So the only thing we can figure is that it must be the drain. I have put baking soda down the drain but it hasn't helped. The drain is not slow. It is dead winter here (thank God) or I suspect that the odor would be overwhelming. i just don't know what else to do. Any ideas? Should I call a plumber?

__________________

__________________
joesfolk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2011, 08:42 PM   #2
Chef Extraordinaire
 
taxlady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: near Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Posts: 18,894
Send a message via Skype™ to taxlady
Quote:
Originally Posted by joesfolk View Post
I don't really know where to put this but I am hoping that someone can help. There is a horrible smell in my house and as near as I can tell it seems to be coming from the kitchen. But we cannot figure out exactly where although at this point we suspect the kitchen drain. We have torn the place apart trying to find the culperate. It does not seem to be coming from the fridge, stove, trash, garbage or anywhere else. So the only thing we can figure is that it must be the drain. I have put baking soda down the drain but it hasn't helped. The drain is not slow. It is dead winter here (thank God) or I suspect that the odor would be overwhelming. i just don't know what else to do. Any ideas? Should I call a plumber?
Give it another try with a whole bunch of baking soda and some white vinegar.
__________________

__________________
May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.
Robert A. Heinlein
taxlady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2011, 08:42 PM   #3
Senior Cook
 
LindaZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Lexington, SC
Posts: 274
Have you tried looking up under your house for dead animals? I saw an episode of Billy the Exterminator where a raccoon had crawled up into the plumbing under the persons bathroon and died, it was summer there so I'm sure the smell was awful. You could possibly have the same problem if an animal got under the house near pipes that are warm and died. You might need to call an exterminator. Just a thought.
__________________
"Life is too short for ugly cowboys and slow horses."
LindaZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2011, 08:43 PM   #4
Honey Badger
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 2,287
Is it coming from the disposal side by chance?

If it is remove that black rubber ring and scrub it. Over time food particles and junk build up on it.

Vinegar and hot water down the drain helps.
__________________
If your with me that's great. If not. Get out of my way.
Chef Munky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2011, 08:53 PM   #5
Certified Pretend Chef
 
Andy M.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 41,395
We had a bad smell coming from a drain and a plumber told us to pour a cup of bleach down the drain.
__________________
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2011, 08:55 PM   #6
Senior Cook
 
Kur's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Puget Sound
Posts: 105
I second the idea about it being the disposal. A few years ago there was a horrible smell coming from the sink area, and I stuck my hand down the disposal (power safely turned off) and pulled out a rotting piece of pork that had wrapped itself around in there...
__________________
Kur is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2011, 09:00 PM   #7
Chef Extraordinaire
 
babetoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: escondido, calif. near san diego
Posts: 14,349
the vinegar and baking soda has always worked for me. i do it before there is a smell. about once every two weeks.
__________________
"life isn't about how to survive the storm but how to dance in the rain"
babetoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2011, 09:15 PM   #8
Assistant Cook
 
Debraj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Colorado
Posts: 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by LindaZ View Post
Have you tried looking up under your house for dead animals? I saw an episode of Billy the Exterminator where a raccoon had crawled up into the plumbing under the persons bathroon and died, it was summer there so I'm sure the smell was awful. You could possibly have the same problem if an animal got under the house near pipes that are warm and died. You might need to call an exterminator. Just a thought.
Sounds good to me.If you smell the drain and that awefull smell isn't there than it must be somethig else.
__________________
Debraj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2011, 09:22 PM   #9
Certified Pretend Chef
 
Andy M.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 41,395
If you don't know where the smell is coming from, all you can do is eliminate possible sources of the odor one at a time.

You did not indicate what kind of smell it was. Dead animal, rotting food, mildew/mold???
__________________
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2011, 09:24 PM   #10
Chef Extraordinaire
 
pacanis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: NW PA
Posts: 18,751
That's a tough call. If your nose isn't telling you that it's the drain when you put it down there and give a whiff, it probably isn't. Not unless you're stuffed up, but the fact that the drain isn't slow means things are working as they should. Are you running a fan when you notice the smell? Maybe it's pulling the smell from another area.
__________________

__________________
Give us this day our daily bacon.
pacanis is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:27 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.