URINE smell in shower!

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by tracy4608, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. tracy4608

    tracy4608 New Member

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    I have noticed a urine smell coming from the shower for the last 8 weeks. I have bleached, cleaned the drain out, and used baking powder to try and get rid of the odor. It is strongest when the shower is turned on. When it was very cold for a few days, the odor went away. Now that it has warmed up again, the odor has returned. We have lived here for 10 years and I have never experienced this before.

    Ideas?
  2. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    Who is peeing in the shower?

    Is this a tile shower?
  3. Verdeboy

    Verdeboy In the Trades

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    Sewer smells in bathrooms are often the result of a clogged vent pipe. Did you have a lot of snow and/or sleet recently?
  4. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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  5. you got mice




    Mouse urine is really strong, the warmer the temperature.


    Set traps in the home, near this area and see if you catch any.



    Any urine from a human being in your home is instantly diluted through the plumbing system ie toilet.


    If you have family pets like a cat or dog, this might be the culprit as well, including really old men with prostate problems that are vision impaired and barely walking with a cane.
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  6. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    Mice continously Pee as they walk around. Infact it is the trail they follow.
  7. Cookie

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    Yikes. And, how do we know that? :D
  8. Cass

    Cass Plumber

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    I am leaning with Redwood...I think it might be tile floor...
  9. leejosepho

    leejosepho DIY scratch-pad engineer

    Hey, watch it there, buddy!
  10. kingsotall

    kingsotall Plunger/TurdPuncher

    Ahh, mice urine... The smell of money...
  11. tracy4608

    tracy4608 New Member

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    Urine smell, cont.

    Yes we have a tile floor. Why does the smell usually occur once the shower has been turned on? Why did the smell cease to exist when the weather was very cold? No snow or sleet where we live...
  12. 99k

    99k Radon Contractor and Water Treatment

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    With all this talk I need to take a leak:D
  13. SewerRatz

    SewerRatz Illinois Licensed Plumber

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    When urine is dry it does not smell as much. BUt when you run the shower you're adding humidity to the bathroom. Thats why it smells more when you run the shower. Try using lysol concentrate on the floor. Bleach doesn't work nearly as well.
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  14. tracy4608

    tracy4608 New Member

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    Urine smell, continued

    How will that cause there to be no smell when it is very cold outside? I will try the concentrate.
  15. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    No idea... but, if a shower is not constructed properly, it can start to smell pretty raunchy like a swamp. I'd consider asking this over at www.johnbridge.com - they may have some ideas.
  16. Cookie

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    This is my guess, I think it is from the tile floor being compromised and is full of water from mutiple showers and it is trapped beneath the tile but above the liner. When the temp is high bacteria reproduce and gives you the strong smell. When the temp drops the odor is less noticeable but still there. The only cure might be is to tear up the shower floor and replace it. If this is the problem, you might want to look into a tile guy or a plumber for some help if you havent already.
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