One of the most nauseating hints that there could be something wrong with your plumbing is when your drains start to smell. Many people let these smells go, thinking that eventually the water they use will wash whatever is causing it away and the problem fixes itself.
Unfortunately, this issue is always the result of a deeper problem that requires the experience of a local plumber to find the source and apply an effective solution.
Your P-Trap is Dry
The p-trap is the noticeably curved section of your pipes that connects your fixture to the rest of your plumbing system. The purpose of this section of pipe is to prevent sewer gas from making its way into your home.
A p-trap blocks odorous gases by letting a small amount of water that drains through it rest in its curve. If there is an issue with your p-trap like a crack, the water it needs to function properly won’t hold and your drain will quickly start to seep out a nasty sewer gas smell.
If you want to try and determine if your problem is the p-trap, let your water run through the system a bit. If the smell goes away and then gradually returns, you know that there is an issue with your trap drying out.
Your Strainer is Clogged
One of the most common reasons behind a smelly shower drain is a clogged strainer. Over time, your shower’s strainer will begin to collect hair, soap scum, dried skin, and general grime.
Fortunately, a moderately clogged strainer is a relatively simply DIY fix. All one has to do is remove the strainer and scoop out the clogs until the area is clear. However, if the clog has developed into a deeper issue, a local plumber can help you safely remove the clog and get your shower flowing again.
Sewer Line Problems
When you start to smell odors coming from one drain, make sure to smell the other drains in the house for signs of a problem. If all of your drains have a bad smell or consistently become clogged, you definitely have a bigger plumbing emergency on your hands.
These signs, as well as strange gurgling noises emitting from your drains, all point to a problem within your sewer line. This is a plumbing issue that requires the attention of a licensed plumber who can quickly locate the problem and help you resolve it as affordably as possible.
A sewer line repair is something you’ll want to have done as soon as possible. If left ignored, not only can your backyard begin to smell of waste, but your home’s foundation can become ruined, and sinkholes can even form in your yard.
Mold and Mildew Issues
If your shower’s drain cover and stopper aren’t effectively sealed, your shower drain can easily become a moist breeding ground for mold and mildew. You’ll smell it before you see it, and when you locate the problem, you want to be rid of it as soon as possible,
Usually, this problem can be solved with a simple mold and mildew solution rubbed along the mildew-infested areas of your loose drain cover. If you can’t properly get the loose drain cover and stopper to stay in place or find that the mold problem is growing out of control, it’s time to reach out to a plumber for some professional help that will leave your shower mold-free and properly draining.
Let Your Pipes Breath Easier with Plumbing Dynamics
As you can see, stinky drains aren’t just a one-size-fits-all problem. They can stem from a minor annoyance or an actual plumbing emergency. The problem is, without a plumbing expert on your side, you’re only left guessing as to what the issue at hand is, and that’s a dangerous gamble.
If you are smelling an unpleasant odor from your drains, don’t wait for an emergency to arise. Reach out to the experts at Plumbing Dynamics to ensure that your pipes remain well-ventilated and clear of any drainage problems.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed plumbing professionals.