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5 reasons for smelly bathrooms and how to fix it


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There may be the hidden demon in your sparkling clean bathroom. That horrid smells emancipating from hidden source invisible to eyes but picked by nose brings in lots of embarrassment. At some point of time, every homeowner experience strange smells coming from the perfectly clean bathrooms. Air purifiers can suppress the smell but cannot eliminate them. It is important to understand that the smell in the bathrooms may be because of other reasons and is not always related to cleanliness issue and t can be fixed too. Today we have brought fro you 5 common reasons for smelly bathrooms and some tips to fix it. Have a look!

1. Waste-drain on the floor

The water drainage outlet fixed on the floor of the bathrooms or in the shower area of the bathrooms is the main point to flush out the water. Usually steel or chrome grate is fixed on the tiled floor to cover the drain. This floor drain should have a proper water seal beneath to prevent seeping in of foul smelling sewer gases inside the bathroom spreading horrid stench There should be a certain level of water in the floor drain like it is in the toilet seat or commode. . If the bathroom is in use it is unlikely that the floor drain will be dry. Check it. If there is no water, then most likely it is causing the foul smell in your bathroom. If the water seal is intact then the smell could be due to clogged drain and bacteria and germs trapped in it. Hairs, shampoo, soaps, body fluids get accumulated and emits the smell making your bathroom smelly even when clean.

​Fix it

Use drain-cleaning solution regularly to keep it clean and unclog. If you are renovating or building a new bathroom, get a tiled floor waste. It will provide an extra layer of protection from sewer smell coming from floor waste.

​2. Deteriorated toilet seat seal

It’s normal that with time and use the rubber seal connecting the toilet seat with the main drain pipe deteriorate and become loose. This leads to the seepage of sewer gases right into your bathroom causing embarrassment due to foul smell.

​Fix it

You will need the help of the plumber to fix the problem. You may think to replace the toilet seat with a wall-mounted toilet seat where the toilet seat collar is concealed. The collar will deteriorate with time but the possibility of the spread of sewer smell will reduce.

​3. Insufficient fresh air and poor ventilation

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Maria Claudia Faro


Maria Claudia Faro

We usually ignore the fact that our bathrooms too need fresh air and proper ventilation to remain fresh and fragrant. The humid environment of bathroom encourages the growth of smelly moulds and germs.

Fix it

Keep your bathroom well ventilated. If there is no scope for windows, then fix exhaust fan and use it. It will keep the humidity out of the bathroom.

​4. Washbasin overflow

You must have seen a small hole in the back or front of the washbasin. This is called basin overflow and is to prevent the overflow in the basin in case the tap is left opened or the basin drain is clogged. Over the period of time this hole can be build up with dust, soapy water, cleaning products or waste water. It may cause funny smell in the basin which will eventually spread all over.

​Fix it

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Facile Ristrutturare

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Facile Ristrutturare

An occasional cleaning will keep the hole fresh, clean and smell free. You may clean it with soda bicarbonate and vinegar. For thorough cleaning you can use the pipe cleaners.

​5. Basin drain and the push plugs

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Team Kraft

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Team Kraft

In modern basins, push plugs are a convenient fitting which helps in stopping water to fill the basin. However, it has its own drawback. Push plugs can easily entrap hairs, toothpaste, soaps, and cloth fibres which gets coagulated and hardened under the plus and basin drainage. Over the period of time this entrapped waste will produce sulphur like unpleasant smell.

​Fix it

Regular use of drain-cleaning products to clean the drain and push plugs will solve this problem. Also replacing the push plug and basin drain can solve the problem instantly.

Get some simple tips to keep your bathroom clean and shiny: 6 simple bathroom cleaning tips

Did you find this article helpful in defining the problem in your bathroom? Please let us know in the comments section.
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