How to eliminate sewer smell in bathroom

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by Tom Watson on September 25, 2016

As someone who is hired to clean, one of your main priorities is getting the facility to SMELL CLEAN as well.

Sometimes this is easy and sometimes not so much, as it depends upon the customers budget and how often you are hired to clean.

One of the issues many cleaning providers have is getting the bathroom to smell good. This issue hits home for me because I had this one customer that hired me because their last cleaning company couldn’t solve the riddle of why the bathroom stunk to high heaven.

Here’s the story on that job. As soon as you walked into their bathroom the odor struck you in the face like a baseball bat. The customer “assumed” the cleaning provider was not doing their job. But in this case that wasn’t the issue.

In that particular case it was because their bathroom floor drains were allowed to “dry out”. Floor drains are normally built with some type of trap that is designed to be filled with water in order to block sewer gases from escaping and venting upward (allowing you to smell them).

Without proper care the trap can dry out letting odors to travel back up the pipe into the bathroom. When this happens it smells really bad! A simple solution is to pour water down the floor drain regularly to keep the trap from drying out.

You can also use some type of enzyme solution regularly (pours into the floor drain) that eats the bacteria and controls the smell of sewer gases. One such product is Flo-Kem Enzyme Odor Eliminator. It has some good ratings on Amazon. Another highly rated product is Airx RX 66 Bio-Enzymatic Foul Odor Digester.

When you educate yourself on products like these, you can really come across as an EXPERT in your field. And with expertise, comes more money, so it’s in your best interests to learn as much as you can concerning odor control. In the cleaning business the topic will come up regularly.

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1 Bill Gregor October 1, 2016 at 3:07 pm

Tom that is good info and you are right on the trap is supposed to stop the odor. I have added water to the traps in my office 20 story building. Because I knew the source of the odor. Pay attention all you want a be’s he is giving you good value. This is key info to look like the expert.

2 Tom Watson October 1, 2016 at 3:41 pm

Hi Bill! I appreciate that!

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