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April 17,2020

Why Does My Clean Toilet Smell So Bad?

Does your toilet smell awful, despite tirelessly scrubbing the bowl with bleach several times a week? If so, then theres no reason to continue suffering through the frustration and embarrassment of a toilet that refuses to lose its stench. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, we proudly provide high quality residential and commercial plumbing services including toilet repairs, replacements and new installations. Here is a short list of the most common causes of stubborn toilet odors, and how you can make your bathroom smell fresh again.

Deteriorating or Broken Flange

Beneath your toilet, there is a pipe that leads to the sewer line. A large wax ring known as a flange is used to seal off the gases and other materials that are inside this waste pipe. If the wax is significantly deteriorated, or if the flange itself is broken, then the seal is compromised. In many cases, this results in sewer gas leaking into the bathroom directly from the pipe. To fix this problem, you will need to gently remove your toilet, replace the flange, and put the toilet back into position.

Bacterial Growth Beneath the Toilet

Another common reason for smelly toilets is bacterial growth forming in hard to reach areas between the toilet base and the floor. This can happen because of loose bolts or damaged caulk, which allows urine and other debris to accumulate underneath the base. If left ignored over time, the area can become a breeding ground for bacteria, which will release bad odors. If this is the cause of your troubles, then you will need to remove the toilet, thoroughly clean and disinfect the floor, and then return the toilet back to its proper place. Be sure to tighten the bolts and to properly caulk to avoid a repeated issue.

Problems with Your Vent Pipe

If your toilet flange, bolts and caulk are in good condition and the smell persists, there could be a blockage in your vent pipe. The vent pipe helps the gases from your sewer line escape safely into the air above your home. Its most often located on the roof, which makes it susceptible to pests, birds nests and debris. This is especially true if the pipe is uncapped or damaged in any way. Cautiously climb onto your roof and inspect the pipe. If you see visible signs of a clog near the surface, remove the materials and wait to see if this gets rid of your toilet smells. Be sure to wear gloves and protective safety gear to avoid personal injury or exposure to harmful bacteria. If you suspect that the clog is located further down the pipe, or you need a vent pipe repair or replacement, then contact a professional plumber who will have the training, tools and experience needed to get the job done safely and effectively.

Is It Time for Your Next Toilet Repair or Replacement? Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing Today

Are you concerned that your toilet odor is caused by a broken flange or vent pipe issue? If you want to solve the problem but arent prepared to remove or replace the toilet yourself, let the team at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Pittsburgh help. Our certified, licensed and insured plumbers are ready to help you take control of your plumbing issues. Contact our office for more information about our wide range of commercial and residential plumbing services or to schedule a convenient appointment with an experienced plumber in Pittsburgh, Monroeville, Steubenville, West Mifflin, Cranberry Township, Greensburg, Pennsylvania and surrounding cities.

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