Good Questions: My bathroom smells like rotten eggs!

Good Questions: My bathroom smells like rotten eggs!

Jul 20, 2007

Genevieve is in a smelly situation:

"Hi AT, My bathroom stinks like rotten eggs! (strong sewer smell). This does not happen anywhere else in the house. The kitchen sink, and washing machine do not stink at all, but the bathroom smells horrible. I think it is coming from the tub. I recently had some issues with clogged pipes. My tub was not draining, but I had a plumber come out and he unclogged it. Could this be part of the problem? Does anyone have any ideas why this would be and what to do about it? It's really embarrassing to have people over when my bathroom always smells like poop! Not to mention the nuisance of this constant odor. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi Genevieve,

We sympathize with your situation. From what we've gathered, generally the causes for that type of smell are either some sort of combination of bacteria and decaying matter or sulfer in the water. Since you say that the smell doesn't come from the sink, and that you had issues with clogged pipes, we agree that your recent plumber's unclogging could be the prime suspect. Perhaps he was able to clear the clog to allow water to drain, but there might still be some leftover debris that is now starting to decay. We have heard that pouring a cup of household bleach down the drain may help kill the bacteria. Has this happened to anyone else? Does anyone else know of any other possible causes for this and/or any suggestions for Genevieve on how to get rid of the smell? Please share in the comments!

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