Why Does My Toilet Smell...And How To Fix It.
In the past, I had always put smells in the Toilet down to Urine, but, there are some other reasons, that you may have never thought of... so if you are suffering from a smelly toilet, and no amount of cleaning helps...read on...
What are the causes of a smelly Toilet?
There are usually 3 causes of a smelly toilet...Bacteria in the water, the p trap, or a leak in the seal where the toilet joins the drain. Below, I will explain each smell you may be suffering from, and how two fix it!
Why does my Toilet Smell like Rotten Eggs or Sulfur?
Sulfur is the scent, or stench of rotten eggs, and if this smell is coming from your toilet, it means there are bacteria in the water. It can be a challenge to pinpoint exactly where the Sulfur smell is coming from, so it is recommend by Plumbers to conduct a small test to determine if the smell is coming from a specific drain or all of the water in your home.
Grab a glass and fill it with the water you believe smells like sulfur. Then, grab another glass and fill it with water from another tap. Check to see if they both smell like sulfur. If they do, then the bacteria is likely in all of the water. If just one glass smells, then only a single pipe may be contaminated.
This problem can be fixed by replacing the drains or disinfecting them to eliminate the smell. In either case, you will need to call a Plumber.
Why does my Toilet Smell like Sewage?
While many things can cause this unpleasant odour, one of the most common is an issue with the p-trap. The p-trap is a U-shaped pipe that holds a small amount of water in it to form a preventative seal against sewer gases coming up from your toilet and into your home. Sometimes, however, the p-trap allows these gases to escape via a leak, a broken seal, or infrequent use.
This problem is one for a Plumber.
Why does my Toilet Smell like Urine?
This is the main reason toilets smell, and there could be three causes.
The first cause...The Toilet Seat.
This may be considered gross…so I am issuing an official grossness warning…The main place smells could be coming from is under the toilet seat. Now this is where the grossness comes in, as if you have not cleaned under the seat before you may feel sick. Now there is no other way to get around this, so I am coming clean…and eekkkkkkkk!! But you need to do it…
All you have to do, is look for some screws or something similar near the seat or lid and unscrew them. The seat and lid will then lift off from the porcelain bowl and you can then give your loo a thorough clean. It is recommended to do this at least twice a year – and umm…right now if you have not done it before…You may want to do this more often if you have little boys. Urine and dirt get caught underneath and can make the cleanest of toilets a bit stinky.
The Second Cause...The Floor.
Sometimes smells may not be coming from your toilet bowl. The floor is pretty obvious…especially if you have boys…you know…not paying attention, or games. Matthew called out to me the other night ‘Sorry Muuuum!!!! I wanted to see if I could wee over the toilet! I did it!!! But…I got wee on the floor.’ Chuckle chuckle – Matthew chuckled…not me.
Thirdly...Under the Toilet Bowl.
If you have cleaned your toilet thoroughly, and there is still a smell of Urine don’t fret just yet. In many cases, a constant urine smell is likely due to a leaking seal, which is located under the toilet and seals the point between the toilet and the drain. Improper installation and general wear and tear can cause the seal to leak. Unfortunately, when this happens, whatever is in the toilet can slowly drip onto the floor behind or underneath the toilet. Luckily, replacing this seal can be easily done by a Plumber. Another area seals can erode is the silicon around the toilet bowl that joins to the flooring. Again, replacing this seal can be easily done by a Plumber.