5 Reasons Why Your Toilet Smells

If you’re a homeowner who has recently discovered a foul smell emanating from your bathroom and toilet that you just can’t get rid of, there are several possible explanations for the source of this issue. While the natural inclination may be to blame it on a bad meal, the problem instead could be with your plumbing system, which may signal the need for professional help. Here are six reasons why unpleasant smells are coming from your toilet.

Clogged Toilet

If you smell the scent of sewage coming from your bathroom, there’s a chance that your toilet is clogged. You can choose to attempt to address the clog yourself with the use of a plunger. However, if your efforts prove unsuccessful either because the blockage is too severe or the problem is more serious than first imagined, reach out to the experienced plumbers at Prodigy Plumbing who can give you an informed opinion on the matter.

Bacteria Build Up

If left unaddressed, bacteria can build up in your toilet bowl over time, particularly during seasons of warmer weather. This will eventually lead to an unpleasant smell coming from your toilet that can only be solved with the use of bleach. The most effective way to eliminate the bacteria will be to pour your bleach solution into the overflow tube which should rid all of the harmful microorganisms from your system.

P-Trap Water Evaporation

Another possible suspect for the bad smell emanating from your toilet is the P-Trap. The P-Trap is the U-shaped piping underneath your sink and toilet. When things are operating as they should, there exists a barrier of water in the P-Trap that serves to protect against odors. However, if your bathroom starts to have a strong sewage smell, this could mean that this barrier of water in the P-Trap has evaporated. This usually occurs due to a lack of activity and use. A solution to such an issue is to flush the toilet which will hopefully refill the P-Trap. 

Issues With Vent Pipe 

Although often the likeliest culprit, your toilet isn’t always responsible for the sewer odors coming from your bathroom. Instead, you could be having issues with your vent pipe. The vent pipe is in charge of regulating the airflow of your plumbing system helping ensure that sewage flows out of your home. When something is wrong with your vent line, your bathroom will have a strong sewage smell. This is an issue that’ll require you to call in a certified team of full-service plumbers who know how to handle such problems.

Damage to Toilet

If your toilet has been through a lot and has suffered damage, this could lead to sewer gas escaping and making its way throughout your bathroom. Different areas of your toilet are susceptible to wear and tear, such as the wax ring, which acts as a seal against foul sewer odors. Once this ring is no longer effective, sewage gas can seep through, spreading the smell throughout your bathroom. Your toilet bowl is the place that you should also be checking on as it can suffer hairline cracks that allow for leaks to occur. These leaks are another possible location for sewage odors to come out from. Toilet damage is a complex issue that we recommend you leaving to the professionals to handle.

Plumbing issues can be complicated and require comprehensive solutions that are only possible from those with in-depth knowledge of the field. That’s why we recommend that you get in contact with the expert team at Prodigy Plumbing whenever an issue with your plumbing arises. We can be trusted because of our years of experience in successfully addressing the plumbing needs of Orange County and South Bay residents. Our plumbing repairs are dependable and will serve as a long-term fix for your plumbing problems. To see what we can do for you, give us a call at (562) 413-1928 or visit our website to schedule an appointment with us. Our team of plumbing professionals will come over immediately to assess the problem and provide you with a free estimate.