Nothing kills the prospect of a refreshing and relaxing shower, quite like a smelly drain. After a long day of hard work, the last thing that you want is a shower that makes you want to rush though without actually enjoying it.
The first step in getting rid of the odor in your shower drain is identifying the cause, inspect the area thoroughly, and give it a good whiff. Do you smell rotten eggs, sewage, or dampness?
Here’s what’s going on in the shower drain when it starts to smell bad:
If the drain smells musty, you’re most likely dealing with mold growth. Mold is a type of fungi that releases gas. These gases are often highly dangerous; they can cause respiratory issues, asthma attacks, and skin allergies.
Mold spores can also damage your skin and trigger respiratory problems in people with asthma. Get prompt, professional help to get rid of the stench to ensure a healthy indoor environment. However, if you want to try a DIY cleaning first, you’ll need baking soda, white vinegar, and warm water.
Take equal parts of baking soda and water, and scrub your drain using the solution thoroughly. After this, mix half a cup of white vinegar in warm water and pour it slowly down the drain. This should be able to do the trick.
Bacterial buildup around debris
Along with the bad odor, do you also have a slow drain? Run your shower for a few minutes to observe. If this is the case, you probably have a partially clogged drain.
The debris accumulation in the pipes can harbor bacteria; when this bacteria feeds on the debris, it releases a sticky substance. This glue-like substance emits a rotten egg or sewage like smell. Professional plumbing services such as Your1Plumber can thoroughly disinfect and unclog your drain and leave it smelling fresh.
To maintain a clean shower drain, remove strands of hair after bathing and scrub it every week using a baking soda or vinegar solution.
Sewer gas escape
If your shower drain smells like sewage but isn’t clogged, you may have a sewer gas escape problem. It isn’t harmful as smelling hydrogen sulfide doesn’t pose any health risks.
However, its release indicates that there may be an underlying issue in your home’s plumbing system. The p-trap in pipes is designed to stop sewage backup. If it leaks or loosens, nasty sewer gases can enter your home and ruin the air.
If you’re dealing with a smelly drain, reach out to Your1Plumber. They offer toilet installation and drain cleaning across Montgomery, Columbia, and nearby areas. For more information, visit their website.