In bathroom sinks, clean the pop-up stopper. Hair often collects and causes clogs.

For kitchen sinks, regular use of the garbage disposal, if present, will also help to ensure open drains. 


To eliminate odors in sinks with garbage disposals: Fill the disposal about half way with ice cubes, then run the garbage disposal while running the cold water. Next, put half of a lemon or half of a box of baking soda into the garbage disposal and run the disposal while running the cold water for about 30 seconds. Rinse afterwards with cold water for several seconds.

Murky Water

If the water has been turned off for a sustained period of time, try running the water for several minutes until it clears up.


DC Water routinely disinfects drinking water with chlorine and chloramine in order to keep it safe for use.  You may occasionally notice a spike in one or the other that causes your water to taste slightly different.  GW has no control over this, but the water is still safe to use.  For more information, check DC Water’s FAQ on water quality. 

Have a maintenance request?

Submit your maintenance issue through FixIt, our on-line maintenance portal. 

Emergency requests should be called into Facilities Central at 202-994-6706 option 2.