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You know you have a problem. When you walk into your bathroom, you crinkle your nose because you detect that unmistakable odor…the smell of sewage and it’s coming from your toilet. Your toilet is sparkling clean and so is your bathroom, and there’s no explanation for the sewage smell.

We all know that occasionally bathrooms will have foul odors, but when the smell of sewage won’t go away, that’s not a good sign.

At first, you thought it was just a “temporary” issue, but after you investigated all of the possible culprits – the tub, the shower, the sink drains and the toilet – you realized it’s coming from the toilet.

You squeezed some toilet bowl cleaner down the toilet, gave it a little scrub and sprayed some room freshener. It masked the smell for a few minutes, but the sewage smell returned with gusto.

Not only is the sewage smell offensive to you, but you’re worried about how your kids will react when you want them to brush their teeth in the “stinky” bathroom, and you don’t want your guests to be offended by the smell.

So, why does your sparkling clean toilet smell like raw sewage?

What Could Cause the Sewage Smell?

Unfortunately, the cause of the offensive odor can be any one of a number of things, so without inspecting the toilet, it’s difficult for us to pinpoint the source of the foul odor.

Aside from the unpleasant smell coming from the toilet, the methane in the sewer gas is not only flammable in large enough quantities, but it’s also not healthy to breathe the vapors.

We do have good news for you though: Once we’re able to identify the sources of the odor in your bathroom, it should be a relatively simple fix. Here are some possible culprits:

  • The water has evaporated from the toilet bowl. This commonly occurs in rarely used toilets, such as those in a basement or guest room.
  • If you have a damaged wax sealing ring under the toilet, it can allow sewer gas to leak into the bathroom. If you have a rocking toilet, this can be the cause of the odors.
  • Sewer organisms that seep into the house side of a toilet trap.
  • A clogged plumbing vent. A vent can be clogged by leaves, a bird’s nest, frost, etc.
  • An internal crack inside the toilet bowl can cause the water level to drop until sewer gas enters the bathroom.

Do you want your nice-smelling bathroom back? Contact A-1 Sewer & Septic Service Inc. to schedule a service call with one of our experienced Kansas City plumbers.

We can get to the bottom of the problem and take care of it so your bathroom can smell like roses, candles, scented oils or whatever scents you love to enhance your bathroom’s décor!

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