this just in: now you can block your billa's smelly floor drains without actually plugging them!
you may have already been using smelly billa to smell-proof your house, including a method using plastic cling wrap to cover your drains. as mentioned in that post, however, this very effective method could be very dangerous in the event of a plumbing or laundry leak (and not to mention inconvenient if you're daily uncovering and recovering your drain before and after each shower).
here are a few more solutions that have come my way which may help you greatly. the first two are for those of you with three inch drain pipes in your floor. to determine the width of your drain pipes, just use your fingernail to lift the silver plate off the drain and measure the width of the pipe. if they are three inch pipes (which is about the length of your thumb), here are two great solutions for you. first up...
this traditional concept has been shaped into cup-form to fit into your billa floor drains. it keeps a little water in the cup, and the water actually becomes a floating liquid seal that guards against odour coming up out of the drain and into the apartment.
here's how it works:
genious! i have one of these installed in both my shower and balcony drains. the only thing is that the water in the cup sometimes dries up (on the balcony drain), allowing the smell of poo/death to waft up into the apartment (especially while the bathroom/kitchen fan is running [it pulls the fumes up!]). but if it starts letting smells through, just dump an inch of water down the drain and you're good to go again. all-in-all, this little thing works wonders.
print off this pic of the cup trap and bring it down to the open market (shi ja'ng) and find the man in the stall which sells hardware and rustic thing, and see if he's got one. alternatively, show the pics to your landlord or work manager and see if they can find the traps for you.
but either way (even though this item seems safe enough), i'd still have the landlord/manager install it so that if anything goes wrong involving a drain in your house (even if it's completely unrelated to or unconnected to you), no one would be able to blame you for something. (sticking stuff into drains is some sort of serious insurance category, i'm sure). as always, at your own risk, but this gadget has proved indispensable to me.
idea 2: the trap door
idea 3: the floating cork
idea 4: the smelly guys
lastly. apparently there is some company out there that comes and smell-proofs your drains with something similar to the trap door discs (above). a reader wrote:
wevegotseoul said... "There is an actual company that will come to you house and install drain covers so that it doesn't stink." [link to wevegotseoul's info on the matter]
sounds like you pay a bunch, but it comes with some sort of guarantee. haven't seen that company yet. but if you can find them (or have someone help you find them), you may be able to convince your employer to pay for the smell-proofing procedure. thanks wevegotseoul. [update: keep clicking through the links on wevegotseoul's post. there's a business card with the company's info.]
that's all. for more help with smell-proofing, check out Help!! My Billa Smells like Poo/Death!!