Ask PoopReport: My Stinky Shower
Today I have a question of my own!
We live in a house build into the side of a hill. Our front door is on ground level in the front of the house, and to get to the back yard, one must go downstairs and out the back of the house. All of our bedrooms and two bathrooms are located downstairs, level with the back yard, where our septic tank is located.
My bathroom is located along the back wall of the house. This means if there is a septic problem that I will be the lucky recipient of a shit-filled shower. Thankfully, this has only happened once. No, what I am am dealing with right now is a funky, non-poop smell in my bathroom that comes and goes. It is especially evident in my shower, even though I am fanatical about keeping the shower drain clear.
To address these points first, the septic tank is fine. I checked the emergency pressure valve located between the tank and our house, and there does not seem to be a clog. I also ran drain cleaner in both downstairs bathrooms, sinks, showers, and tubs. I also completed an overnight bleach soak in the drains in my bathroom, as instructed by a plumber. The result is that the smell I was smelling--which almost smells like warm, putrid perm solution--has dissipated somewhat but still comes and goes.
The three young adults sucking the life out of me (haha) admitted to not using the hair trap/drain cover I bought for their tub. Their tub was somewhat clogged, as well.
Since the smell has lightened up, and the septic system is running well, and there are no clogs in the house, could I be smelling the residual of a nasty hair clog? Or might there have been a rodent who died in one of the pipes or something?