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Old 05-10-2011, 07:03 PM   #1
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Crazy smell in our master bathroom

We recently purchased a foreclosure and have just completed a major renovation on the majority of the house, During so, i removed the old tile in the bathroom, as well as the fiber glass shower, toilet, and cabinets / sink. I put down the new tile and hired out a new tile shower and the cabinet work and plumbing for the toilet and faucets. Shortly after we where down, we noticed a strong gas odor coming from the room.

1st thought - seal around the toilet. Solution - our plumber added a second ring and sealed the base. Still the odor remained.

2nd thought - pea trap dried out. Solution - we ran water down every drain in our house, single level home, for a week, tried to water them 5 to 8 times a day. Still the odor remained.

3rd thought - leaking exhaust from pipe in wall. Solution - our plumbers had a smoke test done. We saw the smoke coming from the exhaust fans from the roof but never saw any smoke in the bathroom. Still the odor remains

4th thought - dead animal. Solution - vigorous search of the attic turned up nothing. I also put some traps out up there and have yet to catch anything. the odor still remains.

t this point my plumber is even saying this is the first time he couldn't find the source. I desperately need some help / ideas! We are pregnant with our first child and living on the other side if the our house until we get this fixed; she's worried what effect the gas might have on our unborn baby!


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Old 05-10-2011, 07:14 PM   #2
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Don't have any real suggestions but why do you have smoke from exhaust fans?


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Old 05-11-2011, 12:23 AM   #3
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I just have to ask.

Did they make sure there was a trap on the tub/toilet/sink when they redid all the plumbing? Seems dumb but I have ripped into old places before that lacked a trap, no clue if it was ever acceptable for people to do it or if it was a DIY job that just guessed... But it happens, if I hadn't seen if I'd probably never think to look for something so simple.
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Not an accurate description on the exhaust vents. I'm referring to the vents that allow sewer gas to flow out of the house, The smoke was only present during the smoke test.

No idea about the presence or absence of the trap. How could I tell or find out?
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