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Givlers    Posted 01-30-2002 at 04:25:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We just bought acreage and have a septic system. I sometimes have a sewage smell in my laundry room which is nearest to the system. Anyone have any ideas why? Am I overtaxing the system?

It was just pumped in November and a new inlet put in in December.


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Mae    Posted 02-01-2002 at 18:27:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had problems with my septic tank draining during heavy periods of rain....toilets would overflow, showers and bathtubs bubble up with nasty stuff. My plumber rerouted my clothes washing machine and my shower. They now drain straight into a flower bed. Illegal, but the water is not dirty, my plants are healthy and I never, ever have a plumbing problem! I highly recommend it.

Dave    Posted 01-31-2002 at 04:32:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Here on the Colorado front range, we have VERY high winds this time of year. It is not uncommon to have a gust that will find its way down the roof vent pipe, and burp up the trap water. As said in another post, start by putting water in all the drains, floors and sinks. I had to set a plastic bucket with many 1" holes drilled in it over the vent pipe (make sure the bucket is taller than the pipe, so as not to cap it) This baffeled the wind enough that gusts dont find their way down the pipe unchecked, and clean out the shower drains for me.

Hogman    Posted 01-30-2002 at 19:13:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just remember You are dealing with a very explosive gas!

MOMark    Posted 01-30-2002 at 08:34:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
You might check any floor drains. In the winter the water in the floor drain trap can evaporate. Just add a couple glasses of water and it will prevent the sewer gas from coming back up.

bob    Posted 01-30-2002 at 04:59:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
do you have proper trap installedalso ventpipeI would fix as could be hazordous

BB    Posted 01-30-2002 at 05:06:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I agree with bob. There is probably either a problem with the way the trap or vent is installed. Or there is no vent for that part of the line. The trap should prevent any gases from coming back up the drain pipe. However, if there is not a proper vent for that drain, water flowing from other parts of the house can push the gases thru the water in that trap.

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