Bathtub odor..from where?

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by LawyerRon, Dec 16, 2007.

  1. LawyerRon

    LawyerRon New Member

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    We get a bad odor from the bathtub only after someone takes a shower. It appears to be coming either from the drain, or the vent just below the spout. How does one go about getting rid of this? TIA
  2. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    Remove the hairball from the drain!
    have you got a pop up or grid strainer drain?
  3. LawyerRon

    LawyerRon New Member

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    Tried that with no luck. I've put drain cleaner, acid, ect., down the drain and haven't solved the problem.
  4. MG

    MG New Member

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    Acid? Yikes.

    Are you sure there is a trap installed for the tub drain?
  5. LawyerRon

    LawyerRon New Member

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    Well, I’m not an expert on this, but I assume it has a p-trap, if that’s what you’re referring to. It’s an upstairs bathtub.
  6. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    the overflow can be a good source of accumulated crud depending on the type of stopper that is in the drain. Some have a tube that is raised or lowered to block the drain, and the opening can catch and hold hair and crud. If yours is that type, you may want to try to remove it through the lever and clean it up.
  7. LawyerRon

    LawyerRon New Member

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    Yeah, I agree, I think it’s in the overflow tube. Any tips on cleaning it out? Mine has a round plate over it with a screw in the middle. The center post where the screw goes is in the way.
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  9. nadine

    nadine New Member

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    clean first bathtub drain. What kind of odor you feel. having smelt can be predicted from where it's coming.
  10. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    Does your drain have a grid strainer or, a pop-up stopper?
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