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Old 03-01-2013, 05:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have had an unpleasant, mildewy smell coming from the kitchen/sink area since I moved into my apartment. I've already done a thorough exterior cleaning of the kitchen, but now am thinking it could be the pipes/ drainage.
I thought it could be a leak or mold coming from under the sink.
Here is a picture of the area. There is light yellow gunk. I can't tell if it's mildew or just splotched caulk (yeah yeah, get the dirty jokes out of your system).
Any experts? What do y'all think?
Any signs of mold or mildew from the picture?

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Old 03-01-2013, 06:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Possible stink issues.

-sewage build up in the sink pipes
-musty water (typical in the spring)

Im not a plumber but if the stink is coming from the sink itself, its probably the build up in the pipes. Try cleaning it with draino. When the sink is full does it drain quickly or take its time?

Mold has a tendency to form around material that moisture can be absorbed. Pipes dont usually absorb moisture. Mold also has a distinct smell.
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Old 03-01-2013, 06:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Mold will be both black and green usuallly 'spotted' in shape and sometimes has a fuzzy exterior. It is most likely behind that plate. I would get some expandable foam and fill in the gaps around that wall plate and pipes.

Spray the back wall around the pipes with a light bleach mixture and just let it dry, hopefully if there is mold present the bleach should kill it'

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do you have a dishwasher?
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thanks guys. I might try to dig deeper behind the plate and see behind those pipes.
I do have a dishwasher. I haven't seen anything in it, and it smells ok.
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thanks guys. I might try to dig deeper behind the plate and see behind those pipes.
I do have a dishwasher. I haven't seen anything in it, and it smells ok.
Google dishwasher smells and you might be surprised. Bad smells can sit in the pipe that runs from the dishwasher to the drain if it is not angled correctly. You won't notice the smell in your dishwasher but you will if you get near the hose.
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the trap is prolly backed up with sludge get some heavy duty name brand clog remover and pour it down the drain let that soak for at least an hour or two then chase it with at least a gallon of bleach. put bleach in the drain tube in dishwasher as well
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the trap is prolly backed up with sludge get some heavy duty name brand clog remover and pour it down the drain let that soak for at least an hour or two then chase it with at least a gallon of bleach. put bleach in the drain tube in dishwasher as well
make sure u read the ingredients off the drain cleaner....if you mix bleach with some chemicals you can make harmful n possibly fatal fumes etc..


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