Building a new office block
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We have a big site at work but after the company expanded we were running very short on office space. Most of our accounts team was in a demountable office and they were really hot in summer and cold in winter. It was so much better for the whole team once we got the new office block built on site. This blog talks about the process of building a new office block, including the design and construction of a block for your team. I hope it will be useful for anyone looking to build a new office block on their site.

Building a new office block

How to Deal With Odours Coming From Your Drains

Troy Medina

In some cases, odours coming from your drains may indicate that you have a blockage somewhere in the system. Depending on the situation, there are a number of simple home remedies that can help. Try these tips before calling in the pros:

1. Odours From Rarely Used Drains

If there are odours coming from a toilet, shower or sink that you don't use often, they may be coming from a dried out p-trap. That is a curved bit of pipe that usually holds water, which prevents sewer gases from coming up that drain.

However, even inside of pipes, water is susceptible to evaporation. If the drain hasn't been used in a while, the trap may be dry, and it may be letting unpleasant gasses and odours through. It's an easy fix—just flush the toilet a few times or run the tap into the drain for a while. If the odour goes away, you've taken care of the problem.

2. Odours From Multiple Drains

If there are odours coming from multiple drains, the problem is likely not the p-trap (unless you haven't been using the plumbing at all in your house for a while). In most cases, this indicates that you have a blockage somewhere deep in your system. The blockage is preventing sewage waste and graywater from leaving the home correctly. As a result, your drains will eventually start to show other symptoms such as slow draining or refusal to drain.

Try to remove the clog with a burst of water. Fill up all the sinks and bathtubs in your house. Then, quickly release all that water into the drains, and also flush all your toilets. That concentrated burst of water may push the clog through. This trick is easier if you have multiple people to help.

3. Odours From Commonly Used Drains

In other cases, you may notice odours coming from drains that you use a lot. They may smell mouldy, musty or just generally rotten. This could be coming from a build up of smelly debris around the pipes or from a hair or food clog in the system. Try pouring a commercial clog remover down that drain. That should remove the clog. If the odour lingers, follow it up with a cup of vinegar.  

If these odours are coming from a kitchen drain where you have a garbage disposal, grind up a lemon after you put in the vinegar. That can also help with odours.

Contact a blocked drain clearing service for more information and assistance.