What’s That Smell in Your Bathroom?

December 1, 2019

Your bathroom is probably already a font of unpleasant odors without adding plumbing problems to the mix—that’s just the nature of the human body. However, if you notice a foul odor lingering long after you last flushed, that could indicate a plumbing problem.

The best way to eliminate bad odors in the bathroom and toilet smells is to evaluate what the smell is like, which will help you figure out the source of the problem. If it seems a little above your pay grade, be sure to call the friendly team at Rooter Express. We’re happy to help 24/7, whether it’s with a strange odor or an overflowing toilet.

What does your toilet smell like?

Bad toilet smells are not all the same. Here are some possible culprits:

  • Sewage: Many people find that their toilet smells like sewage—which would seem to make sense, given its function, but this actually isn’t normal. If your toilet smells like a porta potty that’s been out in the sun for too long, this could be an issue with the p-trap, a u-shaped pipe that uses water to keep sewage smells away. The seal may be broken or leaking, allowing gases from the sewer to enter your home.
  • Sulfur: If you know the smell of rotten eggs, you might be particularly chagrined to notice it emanating from your toilet. That sulfuric smell can indicate that there’s bacteria present in the water. It could be affecting all or part of your plumbing, so fill a glass from each faucet in your home and see if other water shares that same bad odor. You may be able to pinpoint one defective pipe, or the fact that the problem is affecting your entire home.
  • Urine: If you’ve scrubbed your bathroom from top to bottom and still notice a urine smell, don’t worry—it could be a very simple fix. Often, urine smells happen when the wax seal is damaged. This seal is under the toilet and connects the toilet and the drain. Improper installation and damage from moving the toilet can cause it to leak, which contributes to the urine smell.

If you’re not sure what the bad odor in your bathroom stems from, don’t delay in calling an expert. Plumbing issues can worsen the longer you let them linger, and they can cause serious water damage to your home and property. It’s always smart to call a plumber and let them get to the root of the issue.

Eliminate bad bathroom odors and toilet smells

Rooter Express can resolve all of your toilet and plumbing issues. Our family owned and operated company is dedicated to being on call for any problem you might have—that’s why you can call us 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and get the highest level of reasonably-priced, expert service available. From cleanings and replacements to backflow testing and pipe inspections, we can do it all. Call us today to schedule an appointment or get in touch with us on an emergency basis. We guarantee the best possible service at an affordable price.

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