PLUMBING Tips & Tricks

Why Does My Shower Drain Smell?

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- By russell jones

Nothing worse than looking forward to a nice hot shower only to be hit with a horrible smell emanating from your shower drain. But what is it? What is causing my shower to smell like a sewer?

A Clogged Drain

A clogged drain is the number one reason for a smelly shower drain. Everything that washes off your body ends up down that shower drain.

How to Clean a Smelly Shower Drain

There are a few different ways to clean out a shower drain. Hit learn more below to check out our quick fix it guide!


Do not mix cleaning products. Even mixing vinegar with chlorine-based bleach can produce toxic gas. If using chemical products, follow the instructions carefully.

Dry or Dirty P-Trap

A p trap is the u shaped pipe that you see under your sinks. If you have an unpleasant smell coming from your shower drain, it’s most likely a dry p trap.

Biofilm Buildup

Biofilm is that slimy layer of bacterial waste that accumulates in your shower drain over time. This results from soap and everything else that can build up over time in your drain.

Leaking Pipes

A leaking drain line can be a serious problem that causes a sewage smell to emanate from your home’s plumbing system.  This will also cause mold growth if left long enough.

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our frequently asked questions about smelly shower drains to learn more about your shower and how to keep it clean!

When to Call a Plumber

If all else fails, call your local plumber! Many of these problems are easily fixed by your average homeowner but if you get stuck... Call a Plumber!

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