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Sewage odor (by Wilma [PA]) Jan 8, 2018 11:39 AM
       Sewage odor (by Wilma [PA]) Jan 8, 2018 11:40 AM
       Sewage odor (by Ken [NY]) Jan 8, 2018 12:56 PM
       Sewage odor (by Skunk [KY]) Jan 8, 2018 3:15 PM
       Sewage odor (by Sue [IL]) Jan 8, 2018 5:29 PM
       Sewage odor (by Johnny B. [MA]) Jan 8, 2018 5:33 PM
       Sewage odor (by Vee [OH]) Jan 8, 2018 6:12 PM
       Sewage odor (by Pete [OR]) Jan 9, 2018 8:09 AM
       Sewage odor (by Pete [OR]) Jan 9, 2018 8:16 AM
       Sewage odor (by Wilma [PA]) Jan 9, 2018 12:00 PM
       Sewage odor (by Vee [OH]) Jan 9, 2018 4:27 PM
       Sewage odor (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Jan 9, 2018 6:01 PM
       Sewage odor (by Wilma [PA]) Jan 10, 2018 9:24 AM

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Sewage odor (by Wilma [PA]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 11:39 AM
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Rental-related, if not mine. One of my kids is in a college town townhouse rental.There has been a persistent odor of either sewage or dead critter, in the half bath only, for about 8 days. (We live 5 hours away, so can't help narrow down the odor.)

They say that they have sniffed with walls, vents, sink drain, and cannot find a smellier-than-others spot. "It seems to be the air." No other place in the townhouse has the odor. Their less-than-responsive landlord refuses to investigate.

The ground level is a garage, then there are two levels above that. The powder room is above the garage, and the pipes come in through the floor. While part of the garage has a drop ceiling, the part under the powder room does not. The kids have also checked in the area under the powder room, and in the drop ceiling area - for odor/dead critters.

We've come up with two possibilities - dead critter in the wall, which the odor of which should fade soon. Or - blocked plumbing vent stack, which might be sucking the trap dry when the toilet is flushed or other plumbing used.

We are not, alas, on the lease, so we can't pester the LL ourselves, we just want to help the kids figure this out.

Got any ideas? --71.175.xxx.xxx




Sewage odor (by Wilma [PA]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 11:40 AM
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Forgot to mention - this place heats using natural gas. The trap for the gas furnace is not dried out. --71.175.xxx.xxx




Sewage odor (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 12:56 PM
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I have a 3 unit where there is an unused washer drain and periodically we have to put water in otherwise it evaporated and then stinks --72.231.xxx.xxx




Sewage odor (by Skunk [KY]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 3:15 PM
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What Ken said. Probably a washer drain or some other dry p-trap.

You said it was "just the air". Just maybe....also check where the air gets drawn into the gas furnace too. See if there's something dead nearby (or in it), either at the outside connection, or right by where the connection meets the furnace.

--74.139.xxx.xxx




Sewage odor (by Sue [IL]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 5:29 PM
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We have this same issue at times in one of our rentals. We had someone come out and check the vent stack and it was clear. It only happens on occasion (according to the tenants) and we are never there when it does.

The toilet, sink and tub are used daily. Laundry is on the other side of the house and used frequently.

Would love to solve this mystery. I'll watch for more ideas for both of us! --67.184.xxx.xxx




Sewage odor (by Johnny B. [MA]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 5:33 PM
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Possibly a bad wax ring toilet gasket. --24.147.xx.xxx




Sewage odor (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jan 8, 2018 6:12 PM
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I want to agree with Johnny, you can identify this by pouring a bit of hot chocolate on napkin strips then place the strips at the toilet base to see if they crawl under by themsleves. --76.188.xxx.xx




Sewage odor (by Pete [OR]) Posted on: Jan 9, 2018 8:09 AM
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I had this problem in a place from the seventies. Instead of running the washer vent through the roof, they used a check valve inside the wall. I had to open up the wall to get to it. A $6.00 part. --67.41.xx.xx




Sewage odor (by Pete [OR]) Posted on: Jan 9, 2018 8:16 AM
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Also, if your main vent is near the bath exhaust fan,running a clothes dryer can draw air down into bathroom. --67.41.xx.xx




Sewage odor (by Wilma [PA]) Posted on: Jan 9, 2018 12:00 PM
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Vee, can you expound a little on your proposal above? Why the hot cocoa? And do you mean that the paper will actually move, or that the cocoa liquid will be drawn into the cracked wax ring? Are the strips placed tightly against the base?

We're doing this long distance, so I want to be able to communicate clearly with my kid.

The landlord came over, listened to what the kids had done, did the same himself, and said that he figured that it would go away. He apparently has a cash cow of a row of townhouses, but does not want to put any money into anything until he is forced to.

Thanks. --71.175.xxx.xxx




Sewage odor (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jan 9, 2018 4:27 PM
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Wilma the cocoa is used because of the contrast against a white toilet base, yes the strips will move from air pressure if the wax seal is the culprit - a fairly easy fix if the base screws are brass like they should be, just stack another ring over what is there or go fancy and get one with a foam insert, when you place the toilet over -the big hole- cut a mcdonalds straw in half and put that over the bolts so you can see where to lower the toilet without sliding the stuff around dislodging the wax ring. --76.188.xxx.xx




Sewage odor (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Jan 9, 2018 6:01 PM
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Vee - does McGiver watch you? --24.101.xxx.xxx




Sewage odor (by Wilma [PA]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2018 9:24 AM
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Thanks, Vee! --71.175.xxx.xxx



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