How to Fix a Bathroom Smelling Like Rotten Eggs
If you have a smelly bathroom, it is likely being caused by some drainage problem. The “rotten egg” smell comes from a gas by the name hydrogen sulfide. The gas is produced when bacteria grow in the drain, sewage or the ground. In some cases, the “rotten egg” smell comes from water that has been contaminated. I know you must wonder what the source of the smell is.
In another scenario, it can be brought by bacteria that have probably grown in bathrooms drain system. If in your case it is contaminated water, you should immediately take the necessary steps. First, call your water provider so that they can get information about this cause.
Another possible scenario, there might be bacteria growing inside your water heater.
How to make sure you pinpoint where the smell is coming from?
There are times where finding out where the smell is coming from is a struggle. In order for you to find it, you can do a small test. First, take a glass of water of the drain or wherever you believe the smelly area to be. Then, take the glass of water away from the smelly area and smell it.
How to fix it?
If your test result shows where the smell is coming from there, then these are some steps you can follow to fix the issue.
If the smell is coming from the water heater, the issue might be from the magnesium in the anode rod reacting to the bacteria. This is a simple issue to fix. All you need to do is replace the magnesium rod with an aluminum one. If you cannot do it yourself, ask an electrician to help you do it.
If the issue comes down to being water contaminated, use hydrogen peroxide to treat the infected water. After this, your water will be safe to use.
If your problem is with the drain, you will need to disinfect the pipes so as to get rid of the smell. You can also kill the bacteria by pouring a half cup of bleach down your drain. If you are worried about using the bleach on your drain, there is another option.
The option is cheap as you will use stuff already in your kitchen. Take half a cup of baking soda and pour it down your drain. Follow it up with a cup of vinegar. This should totally clean your drain.
From all we have learned, it is safe to say that bacteria is the primary reason behind your bathroom emitting rotten eggs smell. We have also discussed other issues that might be the source of the smell and gave you the right steps and tools you will need to take care of the problem.
If all we have mentioned is not the source of the smell in your bathroom, I would advise that you consult a professional so they can locate and fix the problem.