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Septic smell
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Julia    Posted 09-13-2003 at 10:40:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The sink area of my son's bathroom has had a sweetish septic smell for a few months. At first I thought we had decomposing dead mice in the wall but it would be gone by now. We have had the septic tank pumped but no change. The smell is like a combination of septic and perfume and only in the room with sinks, not the toilet. Does anyone have any ideas?


Adora    Posted 01-18-2004 at 10:57:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have been experiencing the same problem. Especially, today. It has been snowing all day and all of a sudden, I get this horrible smell thoroughout the house. I have been trying for months to pinpoint the problem. Our house was built a little over a year ago. I just had the septic tank pumped, thinking that was it (wrong!) I checked the basement for dead animals (one time the basement had a extremely bad odor - but not today (go figure)), I had the fireplace guy come and check all the fireplaces (everything was fine), I checked the attic just now (no smell). I am at my witts end! The smell seems to start out around my kitchen. Once I was walking out the front door and the front lawn had that sulfuric, rotton stink. I have a plumber coming next week to check around - after reading some of your replys, the next thing to check would be the vent pipes (outside) - since the attic doesn't smell. Please let me know if you get to the bottom of this. Thank you~


Julia    Posted 01-19-2004 at 09:47:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have never gotten to the root of ours although we do occasionally get a mouse in the wall in the area. I think it's a combination of things.

When we first moved into our house, we had a bad smell in our front yard. They ran a snake through the main house vent and a horrible smell came out. That was the end of the outside smell. We also had a smell outside of and in my son's bathroom. After knocking out the wall, we found that when the shower doors were installed, the guy had drilled directly into the vent twice. The first time they patched it, they didn't do a good job and the plugs fell out. We knocked out the wall again and plugged it again. We have had a lot of small issues! Good luck.


RayP(MI)    Posted 09-13-2003 at 18:56:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
If the weather conditions are just rght, the wind, atmospheric pressure, etc will draw the water out of the traps in some of my plumbing fixtures. Sometimes flushing a toilet can cause that to happen at our house. Any time I get that smell, first thing to do is to run the faucets for a few, and fill those traps back up. Particularly obnoxious are floor drains, which don't get enough water to keep them full. If there is hair, or other material in the traps, it can also wick the water out of the trap. So next line of defense is to see that all the traps are clean. Next is to check that the vent pipes are clear. Run a garen hose down them, and wash them out, or use a plumber's drain cleaner (long coil spring inserted into pipe, and turned until oyu're sur things are clear.) Sometimes, these vents can clog up due to foreign objects like birds or mice getting into them from the top, or just from water and grease backing up from below.


toolman    Posted 09-13-2003 at 15:28:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
you should have water in the trap in your pipe just under the sink the S part of it , sometimes mice or something will build a nest in the vent stack on your roof too and this doesn,t allow everything to work right and allows sewer gas to back up through your sink drain, climb up on the roof a stick a garden hose down the stack that is for that sink and let the water run for a bit, if theres anything in there hopefully it will flush it down.sewer gas isn,t something you want to have building up in your house,it,s not too bad if your just on a septic system but if your on a city sewer system it can become dangerous.beside the smell isn,t all that good on any system right ,lol.good luck.


Lazy Al    Posted 09-13-2003 at 15:18:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Probably the kid is whizzin in the sink instead of where he otta , Had the same thing in a shower . Told the kids smells like some ones whizzin the shower acoulple of them had sheepish
looks on their faces . not me not me , but the smell went away .
Al


vent?    Posted 09-13-2003 at 13:33:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
You might want to make sure the vent pipe is not blocked. If water is in the sink trap you should not be getting any odor. Sometimes if the vent is blocked water can be sucked through the trap and you will get that smell you are talking about.
Mike D.


Clipper    Posted 09-13-2003 at 10:44:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ever month we put a half a cup of bleach inta the drains followed by a little baking soda(bout one tablespoon)....if that don't work I'd be looking to take the sink trap apart to see what may be stuck/growing on the inside of the piping.


Vic from Kenefick    Posted 09-13-2003 at 12:07:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wrap 2 to 3 table spoons of carbide in foil. Drop this down the sink drain and turn on the water for about five to eight seconds. Quickly place the sink stoper tightly in the drain hole and run like all heck. I feel certain that after the sink and plumbing has been replaced the smell will be gone. In fact I will almost bet that part of the bathroom will smell like new.


dang Vic,    Posted 09-13-2003 at 15:53:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
most of us know you are kidding, but some may not. It is good advice only if you want a new bathroom.


Clipper    Posted 09-13-2003 at 12:46:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Man you are....brutal. heh heh heh


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