If you have encountered a sudden smell coming out of the shower drain, then it can be due to a plethora of reasons!
From mould formation to clogged p-trap, there is a list of reasons why the drain has started to smell. Most of the reasons behind the smell are easy to fix provided that you get professional help on time.
Here we have explained the reasons why your shower drain smells and what you can do about it.
Clogged Stopper or Strainer
Do you see debris accumulation on the drain stopper or strainer? If yes, then clean it ASAP to free the blockage!
All the shower drains have stoppers or strainers that prevent hair, soap scum and other such elements from flowing inside the drain.
If you don’t clean the strainer regularly, then it can accumulate a variety of debris, thus getting clogged and resulting in smell.
The only possible way to clear the blockage is cleaning the stopper. Wear gloves before you get with the cleaning to avoid getting your hands dirty.
Use a screwdriver and unscrew the nut attached to the strainer. Take it out gently to inspect the accumulation of debris and other elements.
Now wash the strainer with hot water, and soap by using a soft bristle brush. Place the strainer back in its place, and screw it tightly so that hair and soap scum cannot enter into the drain.
Mildew or Mold Growth
Mildew or mould can grow anywhere in the wet and dark areas, and it’s quite common that it grows inside the shower drain.
Remove the stopper to check whether the drain is sealed correctly or there are some gaps in it. If you find some gaps, then it’s evident that mould will grow in them.
You can use a mould removing solution on the drain cover and stopper to avoid further growth and to clean the existing mould.
Also, make sure to place the drain cover and stopper correctly. If the drain cover or the stopper is warped, then get a new one or call professional plumbers for help.
Blocked or Clogged Vents
Blocked or clogged vents are also responsible behind the smell. Take some water and introduce them to the p-trap. If the water keeps on disappearing, then it’s a sure-shot sign of vent blockage.
Generally, vents get clogged due to the vent stack, and freeing it is a task. Every pipe connects to a vent stack your major focus should be on the stack.
Check whether the vent stack is clogged due to debris or bird’s nest. If everything is clear, then there can be a problem deep inside the stack.
You can try using a hose to pour water inside the vent stack with pressure in order to clear the blockage.
So you tried everything but nothing helped? It’s the time to call professional plumbers to get rid of the blockage. We at Sydney Plumbers can assist you with our professional plumbing services by removing the blockage and the smell.
The p-traps are designed in such a way that they hold some water in them all the time to prevent the drain gases from rising out. If the p-trap is dry, then the drain gases can rise up, and you will feel the smell in our bathroom.
One of the easiest ways to check a dry p-trap is using water. Get a bucket full of water and pour it over the p-tray if the water disappears then it’s a clear sign that something is wrong with the p-trap.
This case requires professional plumbers to inspect the situation, and you can call us anytime to get professional technicians on the go.
Our expert techs will check the reason why the p-trap is empty to suggest and provide you with the required solution.
To avoid getting any problems with the shower drain, you should ensure that it’s clean all the time. Also, Sydney Plumbers is here to help so you can count on our professionalism to deal with any plumbing issue.
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If you have followed everything possible to get rid of the smell and nothing worked, then it’s essential to let experts handle it.
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