Showers are a great way for stress to be relieved after a long day at work. Bad showers can be embarrassing.
Identifying The Source of the Smell
Note the type of noxious smell in your bathroom to determine its source.
Dry and dirty P-Trap
Your P trap may not be effective in preventing sewer gases from entering your bathroom. If you notice sewage smell coming out of your shower drain, it could indicate that your trap isn’t working. If you notice a musty odor or blocked P-trap, it is time to clean it.
What’s a Shower P Trap and how can it cause unpleasant odors?
A drain fitting called a P-trap can be attached to bathrooms. It contains water which seals the drain to prevent sewer gases from backing up.
The P-trap can be empty or dried out and odors could easily escape into your bathroom through the shower drain. You can inspect the P-trap by shining a flashlight on it and looking for any water damage.
How To Clean Shower P-Traps
Look for any debris in the trap. Use a paper towel or another rag to clean the pipe. Once all debris has been removed, fill your bathroom sink with water and then pour it into the P-trap. Check for air pockets.
Your shower could smell like sulfur or rotting eggs. It could be that your shower is smelling like sulfur or rotting eggs.
What Causes Leaky Pipes
These shower leaks can cause the most severe and unpleasant smells. These sulfurous gases can cause a stench similar to rotten eggs, and can clog your drains.
The most common causes of a smelly drain are corrosion in sections of the pipe, and loose joints like those underneath your toilet seat or under your sink taps.
How do you fix leaky pipes
By tightening any corroded joints, you can get rid of the unpleasant stench from showers. You should also replace any rusty sections of pipe. This can be daunting but it is necessary for maintaining a safe environment inside the bathroom.
It is possible that biofilm has developed inside the drain bowl and you cannot clear it with a plunger. This blocks water from draining. This is the main reason for a stenchy shower drain. This happens when the water in the bathroom stops flowing. It causes things to rot more quickly and gives off unpleasant odors.
Biofilm forms in drain pipes as hair, debris, and other materials start to decompose. Due to dirt, dust, or other foreign objects, you may notice a stench in the shower.
How To Get Rid Of Biofilm
After identifying the source of the smell, you’ll need to clean the pipes under and between the bathrooms sinks.
This section of the drain line can be difficult to access and is therefore often the most difficult to clean. To remove the biofilm, you will need to use an enzyme-based product. This can cause buildup in shower drains.
To prevent the smell from worsening, you must immediately clear any hair- or other debris-clogged drains. A smelly shower drain is usually caused by clogs or leaks. This is because water that has been sitting too long under a house starts to rot more quickly.
Why do you get clogged showers?
Overflowing bathtubs or heavy usage are the main causes of shower drain obstructions. These problems can also be caused by clogs in the plumbing of your home.
- Small Products
- Soap scum
- Mineral Deposits
Clearing a Blockage in Your Drain
Remove the face shield from your plunger to clear the blockage. This will make it easier to grasp the plunger before you plunge it into the obstruction. This is the main cause of a stinky shower drain. This requires that you hold the stench trap in one hand, and then plunge the other.