Bathroom Smells Like Sulfur

Bathroom Smells Like Sulphur

If you have noticed an unpleasant sulfur smell in your bathroom, you are likely having some type of drainage problem. The “rotten egg” smell is from a gas – hydrogen sulfide. This gas is created when bacteria grows in drains, in the ground, or in sewage. In some cases, the smell is associated with contaminated water. You are probably uncertain about the source of the bad smell. In most cases, the bacteria are lurking somewhere in your bathroom drain system. If you have contaminated water, steps should be taken immediately. Start by calling your water provider to get information in these cases. In other homes, the sulfur smell in your bathroom is from bacteria growth within the water heater.

Bathroom Drain Smells

For drainage problems, various plumbing procedures may be needed. Your pipes may need to be disinfected to kill the bacteria creating the unpleasant odor. Waste can build up in the pipes creating the environment where bacteria grows, creating hydrogen sulfide gas and a nasty sulfur smell emanating from the shower or bathroom basin. Your drainage system may have been installed with faulty venting. If you have tried all the DIY solutions and wondering, “why does my bathroom smell?,” our team at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Cedar Rapids is here to help. Whether your problem is due to incorrect venting, clogged venting, a buildup of bacteria in pipes, or other problem, we will find and resolve the problem to restore a fresh, clean smell to your bathroom.

Bathroom Smells Like Sewer?

A sewer smell in your bathroom is a health danger. The gases can lead to headaches, dizziness, or other symptoms. The most common reason for a sewer smell in the bathroom is a problem with the toilet. In many cases, it is simply the wax ring beneath the toilet that needs to be replaced. This wax ring prevents sewer gases from escaping into the home, and when it has degraded, the smelly gases slip through, polluting bathroom air.

In other cases, the smell is the result of an empty trap beneath the basin. If your bathroom sink smells like sewer, it may be an empty trap. The curved “trap” beneath your bathroom sink, shower, or tub is hidden away, either under the sink or under the floor. The trap is designed to hold water, blocking sewer gases. If the trap is empty, the gases can enter your home.

Your drains have a venting system. It doesn’t carry water, but acts to vent sewer gas outside the home. When the venting pipe is plugged, the sewer gases cannot escape. It may be necessary to clean out a clog that has formed to resolve the problem. In other cases, the vent pipe has cracked — not impossible in the cold winter months. The cracked pipe will need to be replaced. Cracks in a drainpipe can be a more serious problem, as both drained water and gases will escape. A full evaluation of the drain system will determine if the unpleasant smell is associated with a broken or cracked pipe.

Call Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Cedar Rapids if you are living with a sewer smell or sulfur smell from your bathroom. We will quickly identify the source, repair it, and help you get your house smelling sweet and clean again.