Why Does My Shower Drain Smell?
Posted in General Plumbing Services, on September 01, 2020
Shower and bath time is your mini-spa at home, and nothing can be more frustrating than stinky odours coming from your shower drain. While many issues can be resolved on your own, sometimes it may require a sewer camera inspection or sewer drain cleaning to find the likely cause of your smelly shower drain and how to properly fix it. The next time you need a drain camera inspection you can skip searching for a 'plumber near me' and you can contact Broward Plumber we employ plumbers in Boca Raton and plumbers in Fort Lauderdale, that are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If the odour from your drain smells distinctly musty, you might have mould or mildew growth. The wet space underneath the drain cover is a perfect breeding ground for mould and mildew. Thankfully, it can be easily fixed with a quick spray of any mould removal solution or by calling a professional mould remediation company.
Most showers have a strainer under the drain cover to catch soap scum, hair, and other debris before it goes down the drain. Over time, your shower strainer gets clogged with all the gunk and grease that can accumulate. This rotting debris or ‘biofilm’ can cause a foul smell. You can remove the trapped gunk from the strainer by hand, just remember to wear gloves! Clean off the strainer with a good scrub using any cleaning solution and a bristle brush. If the smell still persists, a sewer drain cleaning by a professional plumber may be required.
Leaking sewage pipes could also be the culprit behind your stinky problem. Sewer gases can escape into your bathroom through leaking or broken drain pipes. Unfortunately, this doesn't have a DIY fix as it generally indicates a deeper plumbing issue. Never ignore sewage smells and speed dial a professional plumber to check your pipes thoroughly with a sewer camera inspection.
If your shower drain is giving off the smell of rotten eggs or sewer gases, you might have a dry P-trap. It is basically a U-shaped pipe, which retains a small amount of water each time you use the shower. This water blocks any sewer smells and gases that might drift up from your sewage system. In case you haven't used the shower for a long time, the water may have evaporated. Look down the drain with a flashlight. If it is dry, pour two cups of water to fill the trap and wait for an hour. If it’s still dry, you might have a leak or a broken P-Trap.
Fix Your Smelling Shower Drain With Broward Plumbing
On the whole, you should regularly clean the shower drain with hot water and a cleaning solution. Try a handy DIY cleaning solution made of equal parts baking soda and vinegar. Pour it down the drain and rinse off with boiling water after 15-20 minutes.
If you still can’t get rid of the stink, don't panic! Call in the plumbers in Broward County at Broward Plumbing! Our experienced drain specialists will get to the bottom of your pipes (literally!) and diagnose the problem with a state-of-the-art sewer camera inspection. Clogged drains may require an extensive sewer drain cleaning, while broken pipes or vents need to be replaced.
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