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Old 05-17-2015, 10:30 PM   #1
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Drain odors

Does anyone a way to eliminate odors from the sink drains? Camping world seems to have a product for everything but I wonder how many work.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Your drains shouldn't be smelling with the traps. Do you scrape your plates in the sink? Coffee grounds? Grease? We always wiped dishes/pots with a used paper towel or napkin before washing dishes. Never had a smell in 16 years of full-timing.
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I've used baking soda poured down the drain followed by about 1 1/2 cups of boiling water. Let this sit for about one beer and then flush with a pan of boiling water.
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Pour a quart of boiling water down the drain to cut grease and foodstuffs loose. After a minute or two, flush with more water.
Ha, Kevin we posted at the same time, but I like your wait time better.
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Drop a little lye in there and let it sit overnight then rinse away.

Real bad case may need a repeat.
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Let this sit for about one beer and then flush with a pan of boiling water.
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I've used baking soda poured down the drain followed by about 1 1/2 cups of boiling water. Let this sit for about one beer and then flush with a pan of boiling water.
Who needs a watch when there's the beer.
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Hey, I'm retired and when I finished signing my papers the Retirement Lady shook my hand a said "You no longer need that watch and the most important thing to remember is that everyday is a Saturday".
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The tabs you can buy at CW work really good. They come in a pack of 6 or 8 for about $7. You just put one in your kitchen sink and it dissolves as you run the water on it. It treats the drain pipe and trap as well as the holding tank. One bag has lasted us over a year and we have not had any grey tank odors. I would rather use that than any chemicals that may damage any of the pipes and is much easier to use.
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drain odors

Food down the drain is not an issue as long as the cheater vents are not leaking air from the grey tank, and the drain is flushed with soapy water after doing dishes.
Grease will make the most stink and the worst clogs.
We pour grease into a coffee can and trash the can once in a while.
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Check your cheater vents. Our MH is only a year and a half old and I had one go bad in both bathrooms. Im waiting for the one under the kitchen sink to give up the ghost. You can get replacements from home depot for under 5 bucks. I hear that they make better ones too that are a bit more expensive and probably last longer. Look under your sink for a pipe that goes straight up and looks like it has a cap on it. That cap is actually the cheater vent. I was easily able to unscrew them by hand and put the new one on. Problem solved.
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I could not get rid of a nasty odor coming out of my shower trap fro the grey tank. Short of tearing the walls apart to check for a leak somewhere in the vent pipe, I poured a capful of Camco orange power into the drain. Worked fabulously!
Now I pour a capful in the drain everytime after I empty.
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Does the odor seem to happen during/after a road trip? Water in the "P" traps should prevent this. Sometimes the water in the P trap can evaporate and even slosh around enough to spill out of the P trap. It doesn't all need to slosh out, just enough so air can pass thru the P trap.

ALSO - The seal on the toilet may not be good and allow water in the bowl to drain past the seal.

three ideas

1) run a little water in ALL the drains when you stop. don't forget shower and washing machine if you have one.

2) If you are not using a drain for any length of time, run a little water in it, then put a tiny amount of vegetable cooking oil in the drain (tablespoon). This will significantly reduce water from evaporating in the trap.

3) If the bowl in your toilet drains down (leaks), fix the gaskets, OR, drain the bowl (flush it), then instead of allowing water to run in it, put a small amount of vegetable oil in the toilet bowl (couple teaspoons). The veg oil will help lube the seals and moving parts (The toilets, not yours) and help reduce the leak down.
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