Three Reasons Your Bathroom Stinks Even After Cleaning

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If you've cleaned your bathroom thoroughly and it still has a musty or sewage-like odor, there are a few different reasons this could be happening. The answer usually lies within your pipes and drains, and the smell can occasionally be challenging to get rid of completely. If your own attempts at cleaning away the odor don't work, a professional can help you clear out clogs and gunk and search for any leaks that might be causing the stench.

Clogged Drain

A clogged drain can be one source of a foul odor, and you might have a clog even if it seems like your water is draining properly. Sometimes the clog may simply be farther down the pipe, so you won't notice it unless you run the water for longer than usual. A buildup of hair, shampoo, toothpaste, and other gunk can start to smell pretty disgusting when it's sitting there in your pipes.

While you can try using chemical de-cloggers to remove the clog, it's not the most ideal choice. These chemicals can cause damage to your pipes if your pipes are old or if chemicals are used often, and many are not septic safe, which you may need to consider if you're on a septic system. The safest way to get rid of a clog like this, especially a deep one, is to have drain cleaning services use a snake to reach deep into the pipe and safely dislodge the clog without doing any harm to your pipes.

Gunk Buildup In Pipes

Another possibility is that there's no clog at all, but that the biofilm that has grown on the inside of the pipes over the years has become thick and odorous. This is almost an inevitability with most plumbing, and there are a few ways you can try to fix this without using any chemical agents.

The first method is to pour hot -- but not quite boiling -- water down your drain, then follow it up with baking soda. Follow that up with vinegar and let the chemical reaction go to work. You can help it along by adding a little more water to push the mixture farther down your pipes. Plug the drain and let it sit for about 10 minutes to let it do its work, and then finally rinse it out with another round of hot water. This method of cleaning can help get rid of minor clogs as well as much of the biofilm from the inside of your pipes.

Another method involves using a snake, which will again require the help of a professional if you don't have access to one yourself. Snakes can scrape away at this biofilm without eating through the pipes like many chemicals can.

Water Leak

In some cases, the smell can come from something outside the pipes. If any of your pipes or drains have a leak that has gone unnoticed, you may have a damp area somewhere that has attracted some mold growth. Mold can give off a musty smell, and may not always be easy to locate, especially if the leak is happening underneath your sink or bathtub or somewhere inside the walls.

Examine your bathroom from top to bottom for any signs of leaks or mold growth. If this yields no results but the musty smell persists despite all your cleaning, call a plumber to help you locate a possible leak and any possible water damage. If something smells musty, it's better to ask for help soon than to assume the smell will go away on its own; the longer you wait, the more damage and mold you may need to clear away.

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