When you step into your shower and are about to turn on the water, the last thing you want is to be hit with an unpleasant odor much akin to that of sewage. If your shower drain has an unpleasant odor in spite of your attempts to keep your shower clean and clear of dirt, hair, debris and the like, you likely feel as if your home and bathroom in particular is somehow defective or inherently unclean. However, there are a number of reasons that you may detect an odor coming from your shower drain.
All you need to do is take a few basic steps to try to rid your shower of the unpleasant odor:
Bio-film Could Be The Culprit
When you and/or your family members take showers, you lose hair and skin cells that go down your shower drain. Eventually, these biological agents can create a slick, greasy film in your shower drain. When you run water over this film, an odor can be emitted from the bacteria that grow on the bio-film.
To get rid of this problem, you can removed the metal grate from your shower drain. Get a bottle brush and some soap and water and scrub the interior of your shower drain. Continue to do so until you get no more black film on the brush while scrubbing.
You Could Have Mold
Mold is a common problem in bathrooms in any home. Moisture from the various plumbing fixture or the running water in the shower can make the bathroom an ideal environment for mold to grow. Take a look around the shower, toilet, and under the sink for signs of mold growth.
If you do not notice any mold on the surfaces, this does not rule it out completely as a possible cause of the shower odor. Mold can also grow in the walls or under tiles if you have a water leak from hidden pipes. You will want to call in a professional plumbing contractor to inspect for mold behind walls as cutting into the walls will likely be necessary.
You May Have Sewer Drain Issues
Your sewer drain is the main plumbing fixture that carries waste water (used water) from your home to the main water system for treatment. When you have a clog in the sewer drain, this can cause problems and symptoms with the plumbing throughout your home.
One of the common signs of sewer drain issues is an unpleasant odor coming from one or more of your plumbing fixtures. Call in a plumber to inspect your sewer drain, and if your home is in need of it, they can perform a thorough sewer cleaning to rid your home of unpleasant odors and clogs.
While shower odor can be highly unpleasant, there are ways to get rid of it. All you need to do is determine the cause and treat the problem accordingly. Then you will have a pleasant smelling home once again. To learn more, contact a company like Total Enviro Services Inc. with any questions or concerns you have.