Eliminate Drain Odor

Keep drain traps throughout the house full

Kitchen and bath drains that get frequent use are usually full of water, but basement floor drains can dry out, allowing sewer gas in. To slow evaporation, fill traps with oil and water.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

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Check for dried-out drains

The traps in floor drains—or for that matter, any drains that haven’t been used often—will eventually dry out. This may sound harmless enough, but a dry trap can cause a room to fill with potentially harmful sewer gas from the septic tank or the city sewer system. Phew! Eliminate this problem with a little fresh water topped with cooking oil (Photo 1). The oil floats on top of the water and seals it against evaporation. Your drain will hold water in the trap much longer.

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