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Old 01-08-2012, 08:36 PM   #16
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Assuming you have only a couple fixtures- you could cap their connection points and cap/plug the building drain. Then fill the system with water from the roof vent. Sort of labor intensive but it would show any above ground leaks, maybe a slab leak too.

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Assuming you have only a couple fixtures- you could cap their connection points and cap/plug the building drain. Then fill the system with water from the roof vent. Sort of labor intensive but it would show any above ground leaks, maybe a slab leak too.
The problem with that would be isolating from building drain
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Inflatable sewer pipeline stopper...

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If it started after your remodel id start with the fixtures that were changed/modified during the remodel.
Any glued fittings that might have been missed while plumbing,did you strip the walls/floors out during the remodel?
Could you be smelling glue or something that was used in the remodel?
Original floors, original 1996 plumbing. I changed out the supply valves for the sink, changed the light fixture and tiled that wall you see with mastic, new toilet, and painted. It used to smell like fresh paint. Now it smells damp and funny smelling.

Again what's weird is that I can stick my nose right up to the sink drain and not smell the funk that seems to be permeating the airspace in this bathroom.

I'd be happy with a glue smell, believe me. Something is really wrong in here.
I'm so stumped.
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Again what's weird is that I can stick my nose right up to the sink drain and not smell the funk that seems to be permeating the airspace in this bathroom.
The trap water... is trapping the funk from coming up from funkytown.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CImrIKNmBo

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Something is really wrong in here.
And you seem to have eliminated the toilet flange as the problem...
leaving *something else* below grade which is percolating it's way up
(presumably right through the concrete).

It's camera time.
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The trap water... is trapping the funk from coming up from funkytown.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CImrIKNmBo


And you seem to have eliminated the toilet flange as the problem...
leaving *something else* below grade which is percolating it's way up
(presumably right through the concrete).

It's camera time.
When I said sink drain, I meant the pipe coming directly out of the wall. Same thing yesterday when I had my nose down the toilet drain. Maybe what I'm smelling is sewer water leaking in ground. The tiles all feel dry and when I stick my nose right at the tile, I don't smell anything. On the adjacent master bedroom that shares the same wall, I dont smell anything. And the concrete directly under the sink drain in the wall is definitely dry(i had removed the baseboard there to install the vanity). That's why this whole thing is so weird and unexplainable! So frustrating!
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I think the OP is referring to a smoke test similar to automotive vacuum leak testing. There you can visually see the leaks when the smoke starts seeping of of a leak. However, I would think that being all the DWV is hidden in walls and floors that you would never see any smoke.

I would love for the OP to experiment with this and let us know what he finds out.

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Inflatable sewer pipeline stopper...

Yeah thats fine,but he needs an open 3-4" pipe down stream from the problem bathroom to isolate it.
Then somebody has to pull the cork afterwards!
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Are your supply lines in the slab? I wonder if you've got a supply line under the slab leaking. Try a couple of things:

1. Walk around the outside of the building and see if you see any water coming out from under the slab anywhere.

2. Shut off all of the water-using fixtures and appliances on your property. Then watch the meter for a while and see if it moves.

Also, is your pool equipment also in this building? What you're smelling might be pool water leaking somewhere.
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I don't have a pool even though we have a pool bath. It's basically a 1/2 bath with a small shower and a door leading to the outside.

I will check the meter but I'm thinking I would have noticed a leak/slab leak inside the house.

Just called Roto-rooter out. "free" initial estimates. I wonder how this is going to turn out. They said the smell could be the beginnings of a sewer line clog. Is this true info? Everything flushes and drains fast and easy. No gurgling sounds whatsoever.
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"Call roto-rooter thats the name,watch your wallet go down the drain"
Yeah those guys scare me!
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The other plumber I called was $95/hour + $5 gas charge + cost of parts. Since we don't even know what the problem here is, I figured I'd get the free initial estimate from Rooter and go from there.
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Is it by chance a tile shower?

Edit : good luck getting an initial estimate without someone touching something. I'd pay 95 bucks just for a pro's opinion before taking free advice from dodo looter.
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Yes. But the shower was not remodeled. It's existing tile from 1996.
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Yes. But the shower was not remodeled. It's existing tile from 1996.

I'd bet dollars to donuts that your grout sealant has failed, water has gotten into the pan liner, and turned septic. That's what you're smelling. Septic shower water smells worse than a bucket of fresh turds.

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