Month: January 2023

Find the Source of the Smell


From time to time, you will catch a whiff of a bad odor in your home. We are going to walk you through a few things that it could be.

The P-Trap

If your shower drain smells like sewage, it could mean that your P-trap isn’t effectively keeping sewer gases from seeping up into your bathroom. If you’re dealing with a musty odor and your P-trap is clogged then it needs to be cleaned.

A P-trap is an extra drain fitting that comes with you pipes. The trap itself contains water that creates a seal that prevents the gasses from coming back up into the home. If the water isn’t in the P-trap, then odors will easily waft up into the bathroom through the shower drain and around your feet as you shower. This makes inspecting it easy, just shine a flashlight at it and see if it looks dry or free of water. To fix it, check around for any debris in its trap. If it looks like something is stuck inside, get a paper towel to scoop out anything blocking it.

Leaking Pipes

If you smell rotting eggs while in the shower, it’s usually a sign that there’s a leak in the drain lines under your house. Smelly shower drains like this can include faulty valves, corroded pipes and dripping faucet joints. To get rid of these type of shower smells, you’ll need to tighten all corroded joints and replace sections of pipe that could be rusted. This can be a daunting task but if you call Air Design we can take care of it for you.

Biofilm Buildup

If you have a clog that you can’t clear with a plunger, then it may be that biofilm has built up inside the bowl and is preventing water from draining through. Biofilm is a film that forms on the insides of drain pipes when hair and other debris begin to decay and decompose. To break down the biofilm, you will use a special enzyme-based product that targets bacteria and germs.

Drain Pipe Clogs

If there’s a clog in your shower drain line from hair or other debris, then you’ll have to address this right away before the smell becomes any worse. Common causes of smelly shower drains can include drain clogs as well as leaks because when water sits for too long under the house, it begins to rot and decay at a much faster rate.

What Causes Clogs in the Shower or Sink?

The most common causes of clogs in your shower:

  • Hair
  • Sand
  • Earrings
  • Soap scum
  • Dirt
  • Mineral Deposits

These are just some of the most common reasons you could be smelling something in the wet areas of your home. We offer the knowledge for those DIYers but if that isn’t you, we are always available just call 850-202-cool.

Different Types of Sink Faucet

types of faucets


You go to the hardware store and stand in front of 25 different silver, brass, tall and short faucets trying to pick which version will best suit your space but do you really know what the difference is between them? Let us explain the types to you so you can make an informed decision next time.

A Compression Faucet

These are the longest-running type of faucet which uses a washer to create a watertight seal. Compression faucets are the ones with two knobs to differentiate hot and cold water. When you want to turn the water on you simply turn the knob which untightens the compression releasing the water. To stop the flow of water, simply tighten the knobs back down.

Each knob connects to a stem assembly which is a long screw that has a washer at the end. When you tighten the faucet, the stem assembly is moved down to the valve seat where water flows out from. As the stem assembly is lowered, it forces the washer to compress, which creates a seal that prevents the water from continuing.

A Cartridge Faucet

To turn it on and off you move a single-handle cartridge faucet up and down. You move them from side to side to control temperature, just like disc faucets. These faucets are unique. They can have one or two handles and they don’t have any washers or balls. They contain a hollow metal cartridge inside the faucet that controls the flow of water.

A Ball Faucet

Ball faucets are like compression faucets, except they don’t use washers, they use a rotating ball that rolls into a hole to control the flow of water. This setup is called the lever ball assembly and it is housed inside the faucet’s body. These faucets have a single handle that controls both hot and cold water by turning it in specific directions. The ball has small chambers and slots in it that are connected to the water line. These slots align with different grooves, allowing water to flow through when not aligned or blocking it when they are aligned. These are the most common type of faucets for kitchen sinks.

A Disc Faucet

Disc faucets are the newest type of faucet on the market. These are different from the other types we have talked about. They do not have washers and are wider than compression and ball faucet. They have one handle that moves up, down and side to side. You can identify them by their single-lever design, which is very sleek and stylish.

There are two ceramic discs inside the faucet, the lower disc is locked in place while the upper disc moves with the handle. The upper disc turns away from the lower disc creating a space between them to allow water to flow when turned on. When you turn the handle in the other direction, the discs close, and water isn’t allowed to pass through.

If you’re having trouble installing your new faucet, give Air Design a call and we can have it sorted out for you in just one day. Our plumbers are always waiting to help you with any of your home’s needs.