If your bathroom starts releasing foul odour, it is crucial that you pay close attention to this issue. The drainage systems of houses are designed specially to block or eliminate odours and prevent them from entering the house. However, it isn’t uncommon for these systems to fail from time to time, which can cause a stink in your bathroom.
Several things can result in smelly drains, and once you find the root cause of this issue, you can get it fixed immediately. We at Mr. Splash Plumbing, have created a brief guide to help you figure out all possible causes of odour from your drains.
- P-Trap Dries Up
The primary cause for smelly drains in your bathroom is probably the easiest to repair. If bathroom fixtures like the ones in your guest bathroom or tubs with separate showers haven’t been used for a while, it can cause the water in the P-trap to get evaporated. This eliminates the barrier between your bathroom and the gases in your drainage system.
In such instances, the solution is reasonably simple, and all you have to do is start the water and allow the P-trap to fill up properly. If you smell this odour in a bathroom that’s being renovated, ensure that you seal off any open drain pipes until all the new fixtures have been installed.
If you still have smelly drains even after running water down the outlets, or if you detect sewage smell in a bathroom that’s used regularly, consider inspecting the P-trap for leaks. Sewage gases can easily slip in even if a small amount of water has leaked out from the bottom of the “U.”
- Unclean Drains
The primary cause for smelly drains is either a clogged or unclean drain. Shower or bathtub drains accumulate a considerable amount of hair, soap particles, skin, grime, and other substances over time. If these materials aren’t cleared out frequently, your drains will slowly start emitting a foul odour.
Clearing out hair is tricky as it has to be done manually, but you don’t require the services of a professional. Several homes remedies are extremely effective for clearing out drains. However, you can always call in a professional to take care of this if you wish to.
- Dry Drains
You might wonder that if a drain is dry, it’s less likely to stink. However, you’re wrong; the water present in the pipes acts as a barrier between your bathroom and the sewer line. These sewer lines are filled with methane gas, which has a foul odour and is extremely harmful to your health. The water keeps the gas & stench from entering your house. If there is no water in the drain, your bathroom will start stinking, and you will require the services of a professional to address the problem.
For any plumbing enquiries, feel free to contact Mr. Splash Plumbing at this number- (02) 8093 5457 or simply send us an email via this contact us form to schedule a booking, and we will respond promptly.
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