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Old 11-29-2011, 11:46 AM   #16
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Usually with open traps you will get an associated "water noise" coming from the offending fixture. You will actually hear the water in the pipes when another fixture is used. This disappears when the traps are filled.

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Update: the smell is back. I called a plumber, who said that he's dealt with sewer gas issues before and said that the problem is most likely a toilet that hasn't been attached properly since the bathroom floors were re-tiled. He re-installed the one that he thought was the one responsible and he did find some issues with the way it was originally installed. But the smell returned. He then came back and removed and re-installed the remaining toilets in the house. The house still smells, especially so in one area. At this point, we don't know what else to do and are desperate. Man this sucks!
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Update: the smell is back. I called a plumber, who said that he's dealt with sewer gas issues before and said that the problem is most likely a toilet that hasn't been attached properly since the bathroom floors were re-tiled. He re-installed the one that he thought was the one responsible and he did find some issues with the way it was originally installed. But the smell returned. He then came back and removed and re-installed the remaining toilets in the house. The house still smells, especially so in one area. At this point, we don't know what else to do and are desperate. Man this sucks!
What room is this in?
Is this a ranch?
Possibly a vent was uncoupled during a renovation
Is there any plumbing in the area with the odors?
Are you on sewers or a cesspool?
Any cleanout plugs loose or missing?
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What room is this in?
Is this a ranch?
Possibly a vent was uncoupled during a renovation
Is there any plumbing in the area with the odors?
Are you on sewers or a cesspool?
Any cleanout plugs loose or missing?
Not a ranch. A newer, single family home built in 02. The strongest area with the odors is the stair case. The only plumbing around is a 1/2 bath near the bottom of the stairs and a full bath off of one of the rooms near the top. I'm not sure what you mean when you ask about sewers or cesspool, but I can tell you we have sewer pipes. I don't see any clean out plugs anywhere.
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Not a ranch. A newer, single family home built in 02. The strongest area with the odors is the stair case. The only plumbing around is a 1/2 bath near the bottom of the stairs and a full bath off of one of the rooms near the top. I'm not sure what you mean when you ask about sewers or cesspool, but I can tell you we have sewer pipes. I don't see any clean out plugs anywhere.
A house can be on municipal sewers or have a cesspool in their yard. With a cesspool, the solid waste stays in the tank and needs to be pumped out when it fills up. If you're on sewers, the waste is directed out of the house to a sewage treatment plant.
You should find out which system you're on.
If you're on well water, you probably have a cesspool, but you could also have one on "city water" (not on a well).
Since the source is near plumbing, you might have a broken or disconnected vent line in the wall which would allow sewer gas to escape into the house.
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I had the same problem in my house a couple of years ago. Sometimes (not everytime, maybe once a month) when I would go to the basement I would get a strong smell of natural gas. We called the gas company and they came down with there fancy meters and checked everything and said it was fine. This went on for about a year and finally I took a spray bottle with water and dish detergent and started to check all the connections in my gas pipes. I found a very small leak at the shutoff valve before the furnace. We called the gas company again and they came and checked the valve and they said the leak was so small he had to put his meter on the very sensitive setting to actually get a reading on it. The gas company said that a small leak like that should not be detectible by the human nose. Called my plumber and he put in a new valve. It's been a year now and no more smell.

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