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Toilet Order Solutions in Kansas City, KS

Why Toilets Smell Bad When They Are Clean.

You know you have a problem Kansas City. 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.

Should I Clean My Toilet Tank?

If you’ve ever had trouble flushing your toilet, you may have pulled off the lid of the tank to look at the hardware and see if there was a problem with the chain, or to see if the tank was filling up properly.

Perhaps you have one of those nice, clean toilet tanks if so that’s great. On the other hand, lifting up the lid of the tank may have revealed something else – you may have found that it’s filled with rust, a moldy substance, or another fuzzy gunk that has you asking yourself, “Should I be cleaning my toilet tank?”

You’re worried about what types of unidentified bacteria and organisms could be lurking in your toilet, and reasonably so! What could be causing such an icky, unsightly tank?

Usually, the culprit behind a dirty toilet tank, and ultimately, a moldy and dirty toilet bowl is hard water. You can put on your rubber gloves, spray some nice antibacterial cleaner in the tank and begin scrubbing away with a scrub brush for a quick fix, but over the long haul, cleaning the tank is only a Band-Aid solution.

Is there a permanent solution?

For starters, you would definitely want to clean out the tank by hand. You can squirt a cleaning solution in it and scrub away the rust, mold and fuzzy gunky substance, but if you want a permanent solution, we recommend installing a water softener in your home.

A large percentage of America’s homes have hard water. Hard water simply means that there’s a lot of calcium and magnesium in your household’s water supply. You may have hard water if you notice any of the following signs:

  • Your toilet tank is dirty due to mold or rust
  • Your dishes are cloudy or dull after being washed
  • You have a yellow-white crust that has formed on faucets and pipes
  • You see the yellow-white crust inside your coffee maker or tea kettle
  • Soap scum has developed on shower curtains and tiles

If your toilet tanks are not clean and full of rust or mold, or if you are having another plumbing issue that you would like resolved, feel free to contact A-1 Sewer & Septic Service Inc. to schedule a service call!

Call 913-631-5201 for a FREE estimate from a Kansas City plumber!

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