What is Causing Your Linear Shower Drain to Produce a Bad Smell?
That awful smell ruining your linear shower drain has to go! However, so as to remove it, you first have to identify the cause of the smell. For example, if your shower drain is producing a musty smell, then in most cases this is because of growing mold beneath the drain cover. There other situations where your drain might smell like sewage or rotten eggs.
Here there are mostly two reasons:
Although linear drains are second to none, they have their challenges. Therefore, return to your linear drain and take one last sniff. Although this is quite uncomfortable, it’s the surest method of identifying the cause of the bad smell. In this article, we are going to solve these problems carefully. We should all enjoy a fresh and hygienic shower!
Why Does Your Linear Shower Drain Smell Musty?
Usually, the cause of this musty stench is the growth of mold. During their process of metabolism, their spores produce small amounts of gas. These emissions have a distinct musty odor. What’s more shocking is that these gasses can be quite harmful. Once inhaled, they end up causing headaches, dizziness, nausea, and even fatigue.
How do you then get rid of the mold growing in your linear drain? Well, we were able to come up with some easy steps. If the area that’s infected with mold is less than ten square feet, handling the cleanup yourself is very simple. All you need is to follow these guidelines:
Here is what you'll require:
How to Remove Mold from Your Linear Shower Drain
If your drain continues to produce a mildew stench after this process, then you have a larger mold problem. In such cases, seeking professional help is the best option.
What If Your Linear Shower Drain Smells Like Sewage or Rotten Egg
How to Unclog Your Linear Shower Drain
1. Remove the shower drain by using a screwdriver. If you have a push and pull linear drain, you should unscrew the drain. All you need to do is turn the screwdriver counter-clockwise.
2. Boil five to ten quarts of water and then give it time to cool. Once, it is 150 degrees Fahrenheit, pour it down the linear shower drain.
3. Pour one cup of vinegar through the shower drain.
4. Pour an added cup of baking soda immediately after pouring the vinegar.
5. Wait for two hours then pour a gallon of hot water down the linear drain.
6. Run a pipe brush through the pipe to kill the remaining debris. This also helps to loosen and remove the sticky residue found in the ‘Biofilm.'
Are Sewer Gasses Escaping Through Your Pipes?Are there no ‘Biofilms’ in your linear shower drain? In such situations, you’re smelling sewer gasses. These gasses are mainly composed of hydrogen sulfide. Although the amount you’re breathing in is not harmful to your health, it does show that your linear drain has a huge problem!
Linear drains are designed to prevent all types of sewer gasses from escaping into your comfortable home. Therefore, if they do manage to waft back, the problems may include: a dried up P-trap, no P-trap, and sewer backup.
If your problem is a dry up P-trap, it is quite easy to solve this on your own. But, when it comes to the other two reasons, the same cannot be said. For no P-trap and sewer backup situations, you’ll need to consult a trained linear shower drain cleaner.
How Do You Fix The Problem Of A Dried Up P-Trap
Procedure for Fixing up a Dried-Up P-Trap
1. Pour small amounts of water, preferably one or two cups, through the linear shower drain. Wait for a maximum period of one hour.
2. After one hour, you may now use your flashlight and see if you can still see the water.
3. If the bathroom is rarely used, pour four ounces of cooking or mineral oil through the drain. The main reason behind this is to slow down the process of evaporation, keeping the water in the trap for much longer!
However, there is one issue which you should always observe. If your P-trap becomes dry immediately after performing this procedure, then there are high chances that it may be broken. To fix this problem, consult a trained plumber to replace or repair your piping system.
The above reasons are making your linear shower drain to produce a bad smell. However, by carefully identifying the cause of the awful stench and following the right procedures, such problems are quickly eliminated. Despite this, you need to consult your plumber for the best professional prevention methods of ensuring that fungi and bacteria do not grow back.
It is our hope that this article has been of great benefit to you and your family. In this case, while still in the topic of bad smelling linear shower drains, how often should you clean your linear drain?
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