Tip to eliminate a foul odor in the basement bathroom

Our plumbers in Virginia Beach and throughout Hampton Roads are often asked by customers how to eliminate four odors in their basement bathroom.

A foul odor is usually caused from sewer gas, which contains methane and bacteria.  These gases can be dangerous to your health and cause headaches or more serious ailments. Even scarier, high concentrations of methane gas are combustible and can explode. If you live in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Tabb, Grafton, Smithfield, James City County, or elsewhere in Hampton Roads and notice this distinctive foul odor, do not ignore it.

You may need to call plumbers in Virginia Beach or throughout Hampton Roads, but before you do here is a simple Do-It-Yourself tip that may eliminate the problem quickly and at little or no expense at all.

  • Every drain in your home sewer system should have a “p”- trap that is vented. These drains “trap” water and create a seal, or barrier, that will keep sewer gas out of your home. If one of these drains is rarely used, such as in a guest bathroom or the basement bathroom, the water creating the protective seal will eventually evaporate and cause allow an odor to pass up through the plumbing.
  • Mix a vinegar and baking soda solution and pour it into the drain.
  • Let it sit for 2 hours.
  • Then pour boiling water down the drain followed with some bleach.
  • Finish by running the hot water for 10 minutes from the faucet.
  • If the problem persists, then it’s time to call a plumbing company.

If you are having foul odor problems or any other type of sewer,drain or plumbing problem, please call us at (757) 467-0000 or click here to email us.

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