You want your bathroom to smell fresh and clean whenever you use it. However, it may not always smell the way you want it to. Sometimes, a strong smell of sewage can penetrate your bathroom due to underlying issues with your plumbing. While you wait for you appointment with Mr. Rooter Plumbing, these simple tips can help you combat sewer odor in the bathroom.
Check Your Toilet
A common culprit of sewage odor in the bathroom can come from the toilet. There are two places you should check for damage. First, examine the wax ring that seals the toilet’s drain. If your toilet bowl wobbles in place, you may need to replace the wax ring.
Second, examine the caulking around the toilet base. If your toilet does not have caulking, bacteria could grow around the bowl and cause unpleasant odors. In addition, urine and water can get under your toilet and cause further damage. Apply caulking to form a protective coating around your toilet base and combat bad odors.
Clean Your Sink Overflow
The small hole in your sink has a purpose. This is known as the sink overflow, which prevents your sink from overflowing, allows air to escape into your water drain, and helps prevent clogs. Slime, debris, and other gunk can build up in the overflow area, causing sewage smells. Regularly clean your sink overflow by pouring cleaning products into it.
Clear the Drains
When hair, dirt, and other grime builds up in your drains, it can be a breeding ground for bacteria. These bacteria cause unpleasant odors. If your sink drain starts to reek of sewage, try to unclog the drain using a drain cleaner or homemade solution.
Use Your Appliances and Fixtures
Unused household appliances, including showers and sinks, can cause a sewage smell if water doesn’t run through them regularly. If you have an unused shower, sink, or other appliance, make sure to run warm water through it at least twice per month.
Need help ridding your Woodlands home of an unpleasant sewer smell? Mr. Rooter Plumbing can help you figure out the source of the problem and snuff out the stench. Contact us today for a free job estimate.