The bathroom is one of the most sacred places in your home, so when your toilet is omitting a foul odor, you need the problem addressed fast. There are lots of reasons why your toilet smells, so it’s important to identify what the smell is to find the underlying cause. Here are three of the most common less-than-pleasant smells toilets can omit and what you can do about it.
Toilet Smells Like: Sewage
Many homeowners contact us with complaints that their toilet smells like sewage. While there are lots of things that can cause this unpleasant odor, one of the most common is an issue with the p-trap.
The p-trap is a U-shaped pipe that holds a small amount of water in it to form a preventative seal against sewer gases coming up from your toilet and into your home. Sometimes, however, the p-trap allows these gases to escape via a leak, a broken seal, or infrequent use.
This diagram of the p-trap shows where water can remain stagnant.
Toilet Smells Like: Sulfur
Sulfur is a scent no homeowner wants to smell coming from their toilet, yet each year homeowners are plagued by the stench of rotting eggs from their plumbing and can’t figure out why.
If your toilet is emitting the smell of sulfur, it means the there is bacteria in the water. If you think this may be affecting your bathroom, it’s important to figure out where exactly the smell is coming from and address the issue right away. It can be a challenge to pinpoint exactly where the smell of sulfur is coming from, so we recommend conducting a small test to determine if the smell is coming from a specific drain or all of the water in your home.
Grab a glass and fill it with the water that you believe smells like sulfur. Then, grab another glass and fill it with water from another faucet. Check to see if they both smell like sulfur. If they do, then the bacteria is likely in all of the water. If just one glass smells, then a single pipe may just be contaminated. This problem can be fixed by replacing the drains or disinfecting them to eliminate the smell. In either case, give your local plumbing professionals a call for a second opinion and efficient plumbing repairs.
Toilet Smells Like: Urine
Cleaning and disinfecting your toilet as well as the area around it only to find there is still a strong scent of urine is discouraging. But don’t fret just yet. In many cases, a constant urine smell is likely due to a leaking wax seal, which is located under the toilet and seals the point between the toilet and the drain. Improper installation and general wear and tear can cause the seal to leak. Unfortunately, when this happens, whatever is in the toilet can slowly drip onto the floor behind the toilet. The result? A constant smell of urine no matter how often you clean and disinfect the area.
Luckily, replacing this seal is quick and easy and can be done yourself, or with a quick call to your local plumbing professional.
Contact Wesabi.com for Bathroom Plumbing Services.
If you’re in need of bathroom plumbing services, look no further than Wesabi. We offer comprehensive bathroom plumbing repairs, installations, and maintenance. Whether you’re suffering from a consistently smelly toilet or another plumbing problem, we can help. Contact us today for an efficient plumbing appointment and, as always, the best in customer service.
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