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Septic system smells
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Gail Martin    Posted 02-01-2004 at 11:48:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Recently smells have been coming into my bathroom from the septic...It has been unusually cold with little snow cover..I can hear gurgling when I flush the toilet coming from the bathtub drain..What does it all mean? What should I do..The septic is buried at least two feet under my deck with the ground being very frozen..The tank was pumped out 5 years ago..I live alone..how often should it be pumped??Thanks ..Gail


jamo    Posted 02-01-2004 at 16:30:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'd have it pumped before you have a surprise all over the place


Dave Smith    Posted 02-01-2004 at 14:48:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
That has happened here a couple of times. As Del said you're vent pipe on the roof may be pluged. What hapens is when you flush or use the drains worm moist air goes up the pipe and freezes pluging off the pipe. You most likely will not see it from the ground. If you can or get someone to do it for you, Go up there with a broom and jab it down the pipe and break the ice out.
Dave <*)))><


Gary in Co    Posted 02-01-2004 at 13:47:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Another possibility is that your drain trap could be cracked/rotted (some reason not to be holding water)which keeps the gasses from backing up into your drains.


del    Posted 02-01-2004 at 11:52:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Your stack vent on the roof may be plugged. If it is snow covered it probably is.


Gail Martin    Posted 02-01-2004 at 17:15:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
thanks for the comments..i have had the ice buildup broken out of my vent twice now (using a broom handle)..since then the smell has disappeared..will keep you posted after the experts visit tomorrow....I am using as little water as possible in the interim.....gail


toolman    Posted 02-01-2004 at 19:28:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
gail if your vent stacks are short and snow covers them or you get lots of wind and it blows snow into them or on the other end of the scale if they are too tall and it gets really cold as the warm from them rise up the pipe they cool and will freeze, so you have to watch them, mice or other critters will will sometimes build nests in them and plug them up , i like to take a hose every so often and shove it in them and let it run for a bit in the fall before it get s cold,gotta watch them , mine were 4inch by 6 inch high but we get so much snow i extended them to 30 inches,had some high winds and way below freezing and i could smell it just a bit in one bathroom but soon as it warmed the next day it thawed and was ok..some of them are only 2in.pipe and will freeze quicker.


Alias    Posted 02-01-2004 at 14:46:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree. Same thing happened some years ago at our house during a heavy snow storm.


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