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    Default URINE smell in shower!

    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?

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    Master Plumber Redwood's Avatar
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    Who is peeing in the shower?

    Is this a tile shower?

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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?

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    The next vent I unclog....
    Well lets just say it is years between clogged vent jobs...
    Often blamed and seldom the culprit...

    Clogged Vents Causing Odors Click Here

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    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.
    Last edited by Dunbar Plumbing; 12-28-2008 at 09:30 PM.
    Read what the end of this sentence means.

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

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    Yikes. And, how do we know that?

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by RUGGED View Post
    ... family pets ... including really old men with prostate problems that are vision impaired and barely walking with a cane.
    Hey, watch it there, buddy!

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

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    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...

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    With all this talk I need to take a leak

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    Quote Originally Posted by tracy4608 View Post
    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...
    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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    Default Urine smell, continued

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

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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.
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