This is really off putting. Everyone wants to have a freshly smelling bathroom of course, but sometimes it is just tricky to achieve the result. This may come down to a variety of reasons and the point of this blog post is to highlight some of the most common ones. And to remind you that if you bathroom does smell bad, don't panic because it can be fixed with a little investigation. Here below you can find 5 of the most common causes of a smelly bathroom in your house.
1. Sulfur Smell
This is usually coming from the presence of bacteria in the water, and it resembles kind of a rotten eggs smell. If that is the case, first of all you want to assess if all of the pipes are affected, or just one, or some of them. The best way is to grab two glasses and fill them with water coming from the source you believe smells bad, and other sources from different faucets. Let them sit for 30 minutes, then smell them all. You will be able to track the origin of the bacteria and act against it. There are a good deal of natural ways to sanitize the bathroom pipes, but if the issue is chronic you might have to call a plumber.
2. Sewage Smell
Sewage smell is that bad odor that comes up from the drains or the pipes. There are two things you can: first of all check if the shower / bath tub drain is the cause. If so, you can pour down the drain 1 cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup of baking soda. Let them react for 20 minutes, then rinse. You might have to repeat this for a few times until the drain is cleaned. You should also do the same for the overflow hole. Because it is not used as often, it tends to be overlooked. The second thing to check is the p-trap under the toilet and sink. This is a u shaped pipe that remains filled with water and hence seals the odors preventing them from reaching your home. Make sure there are no leaks and that the seals are still in place.
3. Urine Smell
We always recommend a regular cleanup of the toilet bowl. There are many natural ways to clean it, and doing so effectively reduces the chances of a urine smelly toilet. Another reason can be a faulty wax ring seal, which is located at the back of the toilet. With time, with normal wear and tear, it tends to get loose and that is bad because it means that urine gets to leak on the floor. Check carefully around it and if you see wet spots and dry patches of urine have it replaced.
4. Stale Air
It seems straightforward, but one of the main reasons for this is a clogged roof vent. It is usually positioned on the ceiling, and all it does is sucking up your bathroom air and kicking it out outside. Very useful especially when bathrooms have little or no windows. It is also very easy to have it obstructed by dust, spider webs, even birds debris or nesting materials. Turn it on and check if you can feel air moving upwards. If not you can try and clean it from the dust, if any, otherwise you will have to get professional help as a thorough clean might involve going up to the roof.
5. Mildew Smell
A few culprits here: the first thing to do is to wash every towel, rug and curtains in the bathroom. Then you want to be sure that no stale water is left around after using wither the sink or the shower. I understand it is not the easiest thing to do, but stale water is big no no. Next you could invest in a air purifier. These devices are designed to help fight mold and mildew smells and have been around since ever for a reason. We advise one that comes equipped with HEPA filters. A last thing you can do is use a natural air freshener: citrus peels or essential oil burners do not work on their own, but will nicely complement the previous suggestions.