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Causes Of A Smelly Shower And What You Can Do About It

Your morning routine has always been the same and starts with enjoying a nice, hot shower. Unfortunately, when you step foot in the shower you are met with an overwhelmingly awful smell coming from the drain. A smelly shower drain can ruin your day. However, there are several common culprits, and most of the time, these issues are easy to fix. Here are a few of the most common causes of smelly shower drains and what you can do to get rid of the odor.

Mold and Mildew Growth

Your bathroom is the place to keep you and your family clean. Unfortunately, the humidity, moisture, and those long showers also make your bathroom and bathtub the ideal breeding ground for mold and mildew. Mold can grow in almost any place in your bathroom, including down the drain and the tub surround.

Getting rid of mold and mildew in and around the tub can be done with some bleach and other store-bought cleaners. However, if you thoroughly clean your shower and tub and you still smell mold and mildew, the issue might be more complex.

You may need to have the drains professionally cleaned, and in the worst-case scenario, the shower itself and the flooring under the shower might be severely damaged and infested with mold. If this occurs, contact a plumber to help you determine if you need to replace your bathtub or shower.

Shower Clogs

From soap scum and hair to small pieces of plastic or your children's small bathtub toys, there are several things that can become lodged inside your drain. When this occurs, the clogs that form can become severe, and unfortunately, when the clogs are allowed to remain for several days or even weeks, the smell can become very overwhelming.

Small clogs can easily be removed by manually cleaning out the drain. However, if the clog is severe or deep in the plumbing, you will need to contact a plumber for assistance.

Sewer Smells

Finally, if you notice an odor of rotten eggs or something that smells like a dirty toilet, the issue could be a sewer leak. If the sewer is backing up into your bathtub, it means there is damage or a severe clog that is causing sewer gases to travel up the plumbing and into your bathroom. If you notice these odors, contact a plumber right away to determine the cause of the sewer odor and to fix the issue.

From the smell of sewage to severe clogs, there are several reasons causes of bad odors in your shower. Contact a plumber with any further questions.