Purchased 45-year old home. Bathroom smells like a combination of
smoke and that typical "old bathroom" smell.
We've scrubbed everything, but the smell is still there.
Anyone know what causes this? Do we have to replace the toilet and
sink (which seem rather old)?
The laminate floor seems somewhat recent. The faucet and its drain
pipe have a very slight leak. We've put a bucket under the drain pipe
to catch the droplets (which then evaporate) until we get it fixed.
The toilet resorvoir (not the bowl) looks nasty.
Brace yourself. It's just possible that the source of the odor
is under the new laminate.
But first, clean the toilet tank either with a commercial
cleaner or plain old bleach. Mildew (which smells) tends
to breed inside the tank.
If the sink is old, the overflow passage in the bowl may the
source of very nasty odors. You can't effectively clean the
passage but as a temp answer, use a turkey baster to pump
bleach down the overflow hole.
My bathroom and house smelled like "old lady pee" when we moved on, took
considerable time getting the smell out. Turns out the subfloor under the
toilet was coming up, the wax seal was bad. Replaced floor along with a
full continuous sheet of vinyl, new subfloor, replaced toilet flange because
lip was bent out of shape. Good to go.
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