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How to Tackle Smelly Shower Drains For Good

The dream bathroom is a sanctuary of cleanliness and relaxation, but sometimes even this sacred space can fall victim to unpleasant odours.

One common culprit is smelly shower drains, which can turn an otherwise refreshing shower experience into a stinky nightmare. Several bad habits can result in blocked drains.

Thankfully, several quick fixes and drainage solutions are available to tackle this issue head-on.

1. Identify the Source of the Odour

Before attempting any quick fixes, it is essential to determine the root cause of the smelly shower drain. The most common causes include:

  • Trapped hair
  • Soap residue, and
  • Bacteria build-up in shower drains

By identifying the source, you can better tailor your approach to solve the problem.

2. Clean the Shower Drainage System

Regularly cleaning shower grates is one of the simplest ways to combat unwanted drain odours. Start by removing the shower or floor grate, depending on your setup. Clean the grates thoroughly with warm soapy water and a brush to remove debris or grime.

Next, use a plunger to dislodge any clogs or build-up in the drain. Baking soda and vinegar can work wonders for stubborn blockages. Pour this solution down the drain, let it fizz and bubble for a few minutes, then flush with hot water.

3. Consider Stainless Steel Shower Grates

Upgrading your shower or floor grates to a stainless steel option can be a game-changer for odour prevention. Stainless steel is a durable and non-corrosive material that resists bacterial growth, making it an ideal choice for bathrooms.

You can enhance your shower drainage system’s aesthetic appeal and functionality by replacing old grates with stainless steel ones.

4. Optimise Outlet Position

If the water is not draining properly due to a poorly positioned outlet, it can lead to stagnant water and foul smells.

Consulting a professional plumber to adjust the outlet position might be necessary. This can improve both the outlet and overall drainage, and prevent future odours.

Shower drain positioned on shower floor.

5. Install Shower Filters

Shower filters are an effective long-term solution to prevent odours caused by minerals and impurities in the water.

These filters can trap contaminants, such as chlorine and sulphur, that can contribute to foul smells. Installing a filter is a simple DIY task that can make a significant difference in the freshness of your showers.

6. Choose Suitable Materials

Choosing aesthetically pleasing and practical options is crucial when selecting materials for your shower drain and grates. Stainless steel grates are a popular choice due to their durability, resistance to corrosion, and ease of maintenance.

Additionally, consider materials that complement your bathroom’s style and design to ensure a cohesive look.

7. Explore a Range of Options

If you’re unsure which materials or styles best suit your bathroom, consider exploring various options. Many reputable shops and websites offer shower drains, floor grates, and a range of bathroom accessories.

Take your time to research and compare different products from each store you shop, reading customer reviews to gain insights into their quality and performance. Doing so allows you to make an informed decision that best suits your needs and preferences.

8. Don’t Wait – Act Swiftly

It’s essential to avoid addressing smelly shower drain issues. Ignoring the problem can lead to further damage. The sooner you tackle the shower drainage issue, the easier and more cost-effective the solution will ultimately be.

Don’t let an unpleasant odour linger in your bathroom – take action promptly to restore freshness.

9. Consult a Professional

If all else fails, or you’re uncomfortable with DIY drainage solutions, feel free to consult a professional plumber to deal with your smelly or blocked drain. They have the expertise and experience to diagnose and resolve more complex drainage issues.

While it may require a financial investment, it can save you time and frustration in the long run, ensuring a properly functioning and odour-free shower drain.

Say Goodbye to Unpleasant Shower Drain Odours

Smelly shower grates and drains can quickly turn your relaxing shower experience into a less-than-desirable one.

However, these drainage solutions will enable you to banish odours and restore freshness to your bathroom. You can bid farewell to unpleasant smells from floor wastes and enjoy a revitalised shower experience. So, why wait? Take the necessary steps today and create a refreshing oasis in your home.

Metropolitan Plumbing can help you say goodbye to smelly shower drains and hello to a revitalised bathroom. Our customers trust us for all drainage and plumbing needs. We are your partner in creating a clean and inviting space for your daily routines.

Contact us today and let us help you with your next project in transforming your bathroom into a place of comfort and freshness with our expertise and best materials.

Please note: This information is provided for advice purposes only. Regulations differ from state to state, so please consult your local authorities or an industry professional before proceeding with any work. See our Terms & Conditions here.


Published: 2023-07-26

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