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Do you have a plumbing repair kit in your home to make emergency repairs quickly? Having everything you need in one bucket or box can help you eliminate some of the stress that comes with plumbing emergencies. On this blog, you will find out what you should have in your kit and some basic tips about making these repairs to avoid further damage to your home. It is my hope that you will find more than enough information to keep your home dry, your drains draining, and a peace of mind and lack of stress to tackle these dreaded household occurrences.

preparing for plumbing emergencies

This Is Why It Smells Bad When You Drain Your Dishwasher

Veronica Torres

Dishwashers are supposed to leave dishes clean and sparkling, so it can be downright appalling to smell something foul coming from your dishwasher. If this smell only seems to arrive when you drain your dishwasher, either alone or at the end of a wash cycle, then you may have a problem with your drains. Here's what you need to know about the stink and how to beat it.

The Draining Process

The first thing to understand is that when you drain your dishwasher, it often creates an air bubble in the pipe. This is because the dishwasher uses extreme suction to ensure that all of the water goes down the pipe.

Unfortunately, when an air bubble forms in the pipe, it can lead to odors from the pipe drifting out. It's harder for foul smells to penetrate through liquid to be smelled from your dishwasher or pipes, so that's why you're only smelling it sometimes.

Breaking Down Food

The reason why your pipes smell bad to begin with is because of what goes down them.

In your dishwasher alone, chances are lots of food debris goes down the drain on a regular basis. While some of this food will go all the way down and make it to the sewer, not all of it will. Some food will get stuck to the sides of the pipe and will stay there until it has fully broken down and started to rot.

That's right. The smell you're putting up with is due to old, rotten food. It may also be coming from your kitchen sink, as the two are usually connected via piping and chances are plenty of food debris goes down the kitchen drain, too.


The solution to this problem is something that can be accomplished in just one visit from a plumber. The service you need is drain cleaning.

Drain cleaning can be performed in several different ways. It will ultimately depend upon what your specific piping needs. Some plumbers use a high-pressured water blaster to help force everything down the pipe, while others will use foams and cleaning agents to loosen up and remove stuck-on food and grease from the pipe. Ask your plumber which method they'll be using if you're curious.

Drain cleaning typically speeds up the draining rate, but it should also eliminate the smell you're dealing with. Just keep in mind that you may need to call the plumber back to perform this same service later down the road when more food has accumulated in the pipe.