3 Reasons It Smells When You Flush Your Toilet

Posted on: 26 April 2018

Have you ever noticed a foul smell when you flush your toilet, regardless of what you've recently eaten? If this is common, it may be a sign that there is a plumbing-related problem. Now, there are a few different reasons why you may be experiencing this foul sewer smell. Here are three things that you should begin examining.

1. There Is a Broken Seal

Inside the toilet base, there is a wax ring. This wax ring is serves as a barrier to keep water and sewage from entering into the bathroom. It also helps to prevent odors from entering into the bathroom as well. Unfortunately, if the wax ring has become damaged in any way, sewer odors can escape from the toilet and enter into the bathroom after each flush. If the damage is severe enough, water may eventually begin seeping out around the toilet base resulting in water damage.

One of the easiest ways to tell if the wax ring is broken without visually inspecting it, which would requiring pulling the toilet up, is if the toilet rocks back and forth when you sit down on it.

2. The Toilet Isn't Being Used Enough

If you happen to have a toilet in the garage, basement or another area of the home that is not frequently used, then this could be the reason that you are smelling odors when you do finally use it after several weeks or months. When toilets are used less frequently, the water can often evaporate within the bowl. When this water does not exist, odors from within the drain can come out of the commode.

One way to help prevent this from happening is to ensure that you flush it regularly, even if you aren't using it. Just add it to your to-do list. Wouldn't it be better to make an extra trip to the garage or basement to flush the toilet once a week than to deal with those disgusting odors when the toilet is finally used a month down the road?

3. There Is a Current Blockage

Due to all the various waste that gets flushed down your toilet, there is a chance that a blockage can form. In some cases, a blockage can form after a single instance. In other instances, a blockage can form over time. Regardless, blockages can result in foul odors coming up through the drain each time that you flush your toilet.

For that reason, it is a good idea to have a professional, such as from Art Douglas Plumbing Inc.,  inspect your pipes on a regularly basis to ensure that there are no signs of blockages trying to form or existing blockages. If there are existing blockages or blockages trying to form, they can be removed before significant damage occurs inside the home.