||01-10-2007 01:50 PM
Odor in basement
I have read a recent post regarding odor in a basement after running a washing machine. We have a similar problem and can't seem to rid ourselves of the problem. We have had a plumber check our drains and he recommended keeping the traps from drying out. What is interesting is we get the odor along the floorboard on the exterior wall. It gets worse when we run the washer, more so during final cycle. Now we get an odor when it gets windy outside during the cold weather. Again along the floorboards on the external wall. I have tried to seal along the base to try and eliminate the smell (rotten eggs). We have public sewers, no septic. Additionaly, we can sometimes smell the same odor outside, driving up the street (not always). There has been a lot of new home construction in the area. Could this be an over use problem?
We have checked our vents and they seem fine. Could we be getting a smell from water under the foundation, with gases coming up through cracks along the baseboard?
I'm stumped and can use some suggestions.
Rick from Pittsburgh