How To Fix Sewer Odors In Your Bathroom

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Bathrooms are important rooms in homes, but they are not rooms that are known for smelling great. A bathroom can smell bad for many reasons, but a bathroom should not always have a constant sewer-like odor to it. If your bathroom has this type of smell, you should hire a plumber to investigate the problem.

It's likely that the smell is caused by a clogged sewer vent, and here are two things you should know about this.

What Is Causing This?

When a bathroom has a sewer smell in it, you can clean it all you want and spray as much air freshener as you can, but nothing will remove this horrible odor. This is because the smell is most likely coming from the p-traps in your bathroom fixtures. Nothing will take this smell away until the problem is fixed.

The odor you smell is actually sewer gases that are trapped in your bathroom. These gases are supposed to exit the bathroom through a vent that extends from the bathroom up to the roof of your home. If the vent is clogged, the sewer gases cannot escape.

How Does This Happen?

A sewer vent can become clogged for a number of reasons, but it is generally because debris gets trapped inside the vent on your roof. A plumber will get on the roof and clean out the vent to solve the problem. Once the vent is clean, the gases will no longer be trapped in your bathroom, and within a short amount of time your bathroom will smell better.

Sewer gases can also get trapped in a bathroom if the p-traps have problems. A p-trap is designed to hold a small amount of water. This water serves as a barrier between your bathroom air and the sewer gases creates in your bathroom. If a p-trap has a leak in it, the water will run out and sewer gases will fill the room.

P-traps can also become dry if water is not used in a bathroom, and this too will cause a room to fill up with these smells. Getting this fixed is very important because sewer gases are toxic. Methane is one of the most harmful types of sewer gases commonly found in bathrooms.

If you are starting to notice a sewer smell in your bathroom, call a plumber right away. These smells will not go away, and your family might be in danger if you do not fix the problem soon. To learn more, contact a company like Speedy Rooter with any questions you have.

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