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Feb 01 2023

Why Does My Shower Smell Bad?

When you open your shower curtain in the morning, you're probably not expecting to be greeted by a whiff of rotten eggs. But if you've experienced this before, you know it's not a pleasant way to start the day. At Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air, we provide reliable plumbing repair service for homeowners and businesses. A smelly shower is one of the most common issues that property owners have, and we want to help your bathroom smell fresh again. In this article, we'll go over some common causes of a smelly shower and offer tips on how to fix them.

Pipe Leaks

If you’re smelling sulfur or rotten eggs, then there’s a chance that your bad odors are coming from a damaged drain pipe or sewer line. Check for other signs of hidden leaks like water damage, rising water bills, or mold growth. Neglecting this issue could lead to serious property damage and health risks, so it’s important to take action right away. A camera inspection can pinpoint problem areas inside your pipes quickly and effectively. If damage is detected, a qualified plumber can repair them to ensure that your bathroom remains safe to use.

P-Trap Problems

A P-trap is a U-shaped fitting that connects the drain of a sink, tub, or shower to the drain pipe. It is designed to hold water in the pipe and prevent sewer gases from entering your property. The water serves as a seal between the trap and the drain. If the water evaporates completely, these gases can get escape into your bathroom via your plumbing system. This can cause an unpleasant odor when you use your shower or sink. In some cases, bad odors can come from a dirty or clogged P-trap as well. Cleaning out the pipe can help remove residue, and refreshing the water supply needed to seal the gases can help alleviate this issue.

Clogged Drains

When you take a shower, water flows down the drain and into your pipes. If any grime or other debris gets caught in this pathway, it can cause a blockage that prevents water from flowing freely. Over time, this buildup can create an unpleasant odor. If you notice that your shower is taking longer than normal to drain, it's probably because your pipes have become clogged with hair, soap residue, and other materials. Cleaning out your drain line can reverse the issue quickly and routine drain cleaning services can prevent future occurrences.

Buildup of Biofilm

Biofilm is made up of bacteria and other microbes that can form on the surface of your fixtures and inside your drains. The bacteria can build up over time, causing a foul odor to permeate from your shower or bathroom. Property owners can eliminate biofilm by using enzyme products or with professional drain cleaning services.

Do You Need a Plumbing Repair Service for Your Bathroom?

If you have a smelly shower, it may be time to call Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air. A professional plumber will be able to assess your situation and perform the necessary repairs to get your shower back to normal fast. Contact our office for more information about our residential and commercial services or to schedule a convenient appointment.

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