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How to get rid of smelly shower drain?

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The last thing you expect when you go into the shower is to detect some foul odour coming from the drain. A smelly shower drain may be caused by odour-causing bacteria that feed on the debris that accumulates in the drain.

P-trap foul-smelling water contains hostile bacteria that create hydrogen sulphide gas, which smells like human faeces. Debris like hair or soap scum may also contribute to the development of unpleasant smells. It’s also possible for mould to develop on soap and cause the drain to have a musty smell. If your shower has a bad odour, try clearing the P-trap vent or doing a thorough cleaning of the drain.

Remove the drain strainer

A thorough cleaning necessitates removing the drain strainer from the drain. A single Phillips screw is used to secure most shower strainers. You may have to pry the strainer up with a flat-head screwdriver after removing the screw using a screwdriver. Just pry off the strainer if you don’t find a screw.

Clean the strainer as well as the drain

After removing the strainer, you’ll find a thick coating of hair and scum on the bottom of the sink. Pull on rubber gloves and use a sponge and warm, soapy water or a mixture of disinfectant and water to remove the hair and gunk.

The same slime coats the drainpipe if you glance down it. Using your fingers, an old toothbrush, or a plastic drain cleaning tool with zippered teeth, wring out as much hair as you can from the area.

To clean the pipe, you may alternatively make use of a foam paint roller without the attachment. Turn it like a sponge as it soaks up soapy water in the sink. After many rounds of rinsing and cleaning, the roller should no longer take up any scum.

Disinfect or use chemical if necessary

A 50/50 mix of household bleach and water may be used to disinfect the drain, however this will cause the bleach to run down the drainpipe and may not kill all of the bacteria responsible for the stench. One cup of baking soda and a cup of white vinegar may be used instead. Afterward, flush the pipe with hot water to get rid of any remaining traces of the chemical reaction. As many times as necessary to get rid of residual scent.

Need help? Call Dial Up Plumbing

Dial Up Plumbing Services is a Sydney based plumbing company specializing in blocked drain repairs. From smelly drains to blocked sink drains, our experts have solutions to all. Our vehicles are always well stocked and our plumbers are always on road in case you need help with your blocked drains in Sydney. Get in touch with us today.


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