Have you caught a whiff of something not right coming from your bathroom drain or floor waste? Before contacting a plumber, follow these simple steps to try fix the problem yourself first by cleaning your drain¹.
There are several reasons your bathroom drain might start to smell. Mould growth on the inside of the drain cover, a blocked drain, or if the water at the bottom of the floor waste has dried up, this can allow the smelly air from the main sewer to escape through your drain and into your bathroom area.
If the problem is the floor waste water has dried up following a period of lack of use, the answer is simple: pour a few cups of water into the drain. This will fill up the dried out section of drain and prevent nasty sewer smells from escaping into your bathroom.
If you’ve got mould growing inside the drain cover, simply clean any mould off with a mould removing product.
If the problem is a blocked drain, you can possibly fix this yourself using environmentally friendly household items commonly found in your cupboard.
Using simple household products once a month can prevent drains from smelling in the first place.
Add to your usual bathroom cleaning routine the following steps:
If the above fails to move the clog and drain the water, you’ll need to contact a plumber for specialist advice and service.