Why does my bathroom smell like sulfur or Rotten Eggs?

broken sewer lineThere are often smells coming from your bathroom that you are glad do not linger for very long. Depending on the size of your family, those natural bathroom smells could happen quite often. But if you are smelling rotten eggs from your sink or drain, you may have a problem. Hydrogen sulfide gas produces a sulfur smell, and that’s something you want to take care of! That smell is being produced by unwanted bacteria.

Simple Tests

It can often be troublesome to determine the exact location where that smell is coming from. Luckily, there is an easy test to help you figure that out. Pour a glass of water from the tap you believe the smell to be coming from. Walk outside with that glass of water and smell it. Then do the same thing from another room in the house. Does it smell the same? If the 2 glasses of water smell different than you’ve already determined the likely problem is in the drain from that glass of water. If both of the glasses smell the same, then contaminated water could be the source of the hydrogen sulfide gas.

Possible solutions

Contaminated Water – The culprit could be that the anode rod in your water heater is reacting to the bacteria and creating the unwanted smell. Replace the rod with an aluminum one and then use hydrogen peroxide to disinfect the water.
Contaminated Sink drain – If that hydrogen sulfide gas is coming up through the pipes, here’s an easy solution to try. Pour a half cup of baking soda into the drain and then a cup of vinegar. Or, if you prefer, you can use a half cup of bleach.

If neither of those eliminate that rotten egg smell, give us a call and we’ll help diagnose the problem and offer you a solution.

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