3 Plumbing issues that cause bad odor in your bathroom

A bathroom is a place where you freshen up, wash, bathe or perform regular grooming routine. It is a very important place in your home. However no one wants to enter in a smelly bathroom. A foul smell in the bathroom makes you unwilling to enter it and eager to come out. Room freshener is just a temporary solution for this stinking issue. Sometimes there can be some plumbing issues that cause bad odor in your bathroom. If your bathroom is smelly, you must figure out the root cause of it and get it fixed. The plumbing issues that cause bad odor in bathroom are:

Clogged Drains

Blocked Drain

A clogged drain can lead to foul smell in your bathroom. Over time long hair, dirt, soap scum, oil etc. get accumulated in the drain pipes and block the passage. As a result water cannot pass through the clogged drain. This standing water and accumulated waste produce rotten smell in your bathroom. To unblock the drain pipes, remove and clean the waste in the pipes yourself or call a plumber and get the clogged drain pipes cleaned.

You can use these recommendations for Cleaning your Clogged Drains:-

Dry pipes

P tray

Dry pipes also cause bad smell in your bathroom. Bathroom fittings like wash basin, toilet, bathtub, shower are connected to a U shaped pipe. This U shaped pipe is connected to the waste water pipe. This waste water pipe is hidden in the wall and  is not visible. One end of this waste water pipe is connected to the sewer system and the other end leads all the way up through the roof, letting fresh air in and pushing smelly sewer gases to vent out in the open atmosphere. You can’t see this system, as it is hidden in the wall.

This U shaped section is called the P-trap. In normal working conditions, a small amount of water stays in the P trap after you turn off the faucet, flush the toilet or close the shower head. This little water acts as a film and prevent foul gases from the sewage system to enter into your bathroom. This way the sewage gases flow past your bathroom and out through the vent pipe on roof.

But when the water in the U shaped trap dries out, the sewer gases do not vent out to the roof but enter into your bathroom. This causes a rotten smell in your bathroom.

The solution is to pour some water down the pipes. This should eliminate the problem of smell in the bathroom.

If your P-Trap is broken or needs replacement, we have some recommendations for you:-

Cracked & loose pipes

Cracked & loose pipe

Cracks in the drain pipes and waste water pipes leads to seepage of dirty water and sewer gases in to your bathroom. This seepage causes foul smell in your bathroom. Call a plumber to repair and replace cracked pipes in bathroom.

Dirty bathroom

Clean your Bathroom

One very basis reason of foul smell is your bathroom is a dirty bathroom. If you do not clean and sanitize your bathroom regularly , then germs and bacteria grow in your bathroom. This bacterial growth on the toilet seat, wash basin, dirty floor produces bad smell.

Clean your bathroom regularly and keep it fresh and germ free.

We recommend these tools available on Amazon for effective Bathroom Cleaning:-

If your bathroom smells and you do not have time to fix it yourself or you tried to fix the problem but the rotten smell persists, its time you call a plumber. Create a plumbing case  for blocked drain pipes, cracked pipes repair etc. with Mr.Right today.

For more ideas on pluming issues and repair visit Ideas by Mr. Right.

Keep your bathroom clean, fresh and germ free!

Team Mr.Right

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    I’ve experienced the unpleasant odor in the bathroom due to plumbing issues, and this article offers great insights on three common culprits behind the bad smell. From clogged drains to faulty toilet seals, it’s essential to address these issues promptly to maintain a fresh and clean bathroom environment. Thanks for sharing these helpful tips!

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    Your blog looks good. Thanks for sharing this. I personally like your work. I’m a Dealer of Bathroom products and provide premium brands for your home, bungalow and flat, like Hansgrohe, TOTO, Vitra and Kohler. Our Kohler showroom in surat.

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    The bathroom is one of the most sensitive parts of the house. Every homeowner will go to great lengths to ensure that their bathroom is clean and smelling fresh. However, even with the best care, a shower room may experience problems that are out of the homeowner’s reach, like a sewerage smell coming out of the bathroom drains.

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    The various plumbing issues have been shared by you in this article in great detail and I must say that you have done a very good job by providing us with all these tips. I read your entire article and gained a lot of knowledge from it. I will definitely keep in mind all the points shared by you.

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    I wonder if there are any cracked or loose pipes in the building that I work at. It sounds like that may be the problems since they do tend to keep the bathroom pretty clean all the time. I’m not too sure since I’m not an expert but I would think it’s that or there’s a problem with the sewer. I just hope that they fix the problem soon.

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    Thank you for sharing this helpful article about plumbing. My bathroom was not smelling very good so I scrubbed every surface to see if the smell would go away. I even sprayed some cleaner down the drain because I think that is where the smell was coming from. However, by bathroom still smells. I might need to call a plumber to see if there is anything wrong with the pipes.

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