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Reasons Why Your Toilet Smells And How To Eliminate The Stench

by April Rivera

While there are times when your toilet smells, it shouldn't be an all-the-time thing. If you walk into the bathroom and can smell a scent around your toilet bowl, you may find yourself wondering what it is you are smelling and why you are smelling it. Here are three reasons why your toilet smells and how you can go about eliminating the stench.

The Toilet Tank is Not Clean

If you smell a urine-like odor in your bathroom, you may clean the bathroom, paying particular attention to the seal around the floor of the toilet and the toilet bowl. However, if the smell persists, it may be because you aren't cleaning your toilet tank. Many of us clean the bowl but don't think about the tank, but the tank should be cleaned as well.

To clean the tank, open up the tank and pour a half gallon of white vinegar in the tank. Put on cleaning gloves and use a scrubbing brush to scrub the tank down. Flush the toilet to circulate the water and pour another half cup of vinegar in and scrub again. Repeat this a few times to get a clean tank and hopefully get rid of the odor in your bathroom.

You Have a Clog

Another reason why your toilet may smell is because there is a clog in the toilet. Many people think that if there is a clog, their toilet would overflow. And while a clog can cause your toilet to overflow, not all clogs will do this. You may have a small clog that allows water to flow. And the longer this small clog sits, the more it smells. Follow these steps to attempt to remove a clog and the stinky scent from your toilet:

  1. Heat a gallon of water on the stove using a low to medium heat setting.
  2. Squirt about a half cup of dish soap into the center hole in your toilet bowl and allow it to sit for around ten minutes.
  3. Remove the water from the stove just before it begins to boil. Do not allow the water to boil. Boiling water is too hot and can crack a porcelain toilet bowl.
  4. Slowly pour the water into the toilet bowl.
  5. Plunge your toilet. The combination of dish soap and hot water will remove stuck-on items and dislodge grease, while the plunger will push any items such as hair and debris through the pipes.

The P-Trap Doesn't Have Enough Water

The last reason why your toilet may smell is because the p-trap doesn't have enough water in it. When the p-trap is not filled completely with water, it can become filled with sewer gases. These gases smell, which gives off the scent you may be noticing. If the toilet isn't used often, flush the toilet a few times to ensure there is water in the p-trap. If the toilet is used often, the p-trap may need to be checked for leaks. The p-trap is located underneath your toilet, so if you aren't familiar with removing a toilet, you may want to leave this to a plumber. The plumber will remove your toilet and check the p-trap for leaks. If there are leaks present, cracks will need to be sealed or the p-trap will need to be replaced.

If you walk into a bathroom that no one has recently used, and you smell an odor, there may be something wrong with your toilet. It may have a dirty toilet tank, a clog or sewer gasses building up in the p-trap. Troubleshooting and attempting to fix different causes may help you hone in on the problem. If you are unable to solve the problem on your own, you will want to call in a plumber to assist you. They can diagnose the problem and then fix it, removing the stench from your bathroom. Contact a company like Bob's Plumbing & Heating for more information.