Do your drains smell like sulfur? If you have noticed an unpleasant smell coming from your bathroom, you are most likely having a drainage problem. This is of course if you have ensured that the bathroom itself is clean, including the floor which is prone to accumulate a lot of dirt. If the odor smells of rotten eggs, chances are, your drain is to blame.
This rotten egg smell is from a gas known as hydrogen sulfide. This gas is formed when bacteria grows in drains, the sewage or in the ground. Sometimes, it may be associated with contaminated water. What you should first do is investigate the source of this awful smell. If it is the water, you should immediately contact your water provider to get the information in this case. The smell most likely originates from your drain although in some cases, it may be from the bacteria growth in the water heater itself.
Considering you sleep in your house every night, it may be unbearable to live with these smells and rather embarrassing to have guests over. Sometimes, these smells may be more pungent when you turn on the faucet or flush your toilet. You should strive to find the source of the odor and call a professional drain cleaning services company to take a look at your drains and fix the problem or recommend steps to be taken.
Is it dangerous if your drains smell like sulphur?
Despite how wretched it may smell, hydrogen sulfide is actually a non-health risk. It, however, may provide a complete nuisance if found in your water supply.
Determining the source of the smell
You can’t solve a problem without understanding it first right? In this case. What you should do is try running both the hot and cold water faucets at the same time.
- If the smell is coming only from your hot water, then most likely the problem exists from the hot water tank installed in your house.
- If the smell comes from both the hot and cold water faucets, it could be an issue with your ground/ell water or with your plumbing.
- If the smell is not just coming from your faucets but rather, from particular areas or rooms of your house, take note of this. Odors from isolated areas indicate that the problem exists in particular drains or pipes and not your entire water supply.
Actions you can take at home
Ultimately, you will want to contact a drain cleaning services company to come to your house and check if all is well. Chances are high that your house will need drain cleaning. However, there are some things you can do on your own to keep the odors at bay. These include:
Cleaning your hot water heater
Keeping your water supply on, use a hose to connect the drain valve of your water heater to the outside of your house where water can run. Do this for ten minutes and after, take a sample of the water. Fill a cup with the water and check to see if there are any sediments. Allow the heater to drain until there are no more sediments present in the cup. Read more about our Hot Water Heater Service.
Disinfect your hot water heater
This is quite an easy process because heat is already being produced in the water heater. Turn the temperature of the heater up to 160 degrees and let it run for a couple of hours. This will kill any bacteria that may be present in your water heater.
Add water filters
dealing with the bad odor could be as simple as installing water filters in your house. However, this may only be a temporary fix considering you will have to regularly change your water filters. It is important to note that the water filters may also be the cause of the rotten egg smell or if your drains smell like sulphur.
If you notice a musty smell from your drain, it’s most likely from mold growing in it.
To get rid of this, you will need baking soda, white, distilled vinegar, boiling water, and an old toothbrush. Create a paste using the baking soda and water and apply it over the shower drain. Use the toothbrush to scrub the rain thoroughly. Pour hot water into the drain slowly followed by a cup parthenogenesis a cup of baking soda. This should clear any smells caused by mold. However, if the smell persists, it is recommended that you seek the help of a professional drain cleaning services company.
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It may also be that sewer gases are escaping your pipes.
The problem could be caused by a dry P-trap, no P-trap or sewer backup. Unfortunately, you can only solve the first problem on your own with the other two needing professional drain cleaning. A dry P-trap is evidenced by the lack of water at the bottom of the pipe connected to the shower drain, A P-trap is a U-shaped pipe that that is attached to every drain in your home.
It’s designed to block sewer gases from escaping back into your home by trapping a small amount of water. If the P-trap is dry. Try pouring water down your drain continuously for about an hour. This should do the trick. If the shower barely gets used, pour 4 ounces of mineral or cooking oil down the drain to slow down evaporation, keeping water in the trap longer.
The best way to deal with the problem of a stinky drain is to call a professional drain cleaning services company. They will send over a plumber who will have the expertise and tools to identify the problem and deal with it effectively.
The plumber will also be able to perform a complete home drain cleaning service ensuring that no stone is unturned. Leaving no smells in your house. This is important because dealing with the smell directly in only one area might not be enough. Companies offering professional drain cleaning services are the best to deal with the situation.