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Old 01-18-2008, 08:30 AM   #1
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Sewage smell after repair- HELP

We recently had our sewer line repaired about 3 feet from the house because there was a separation in the pvc. The house is only 4 years old but digging along the foundation to redo the water proofing we beleive caused the break. The problem started 3 months ago when the smell came and went but the toilets and drain lines all flowed. Apparently some waste made it through the line and some went through the break. We have a basement and the sewer is a hung line that feeds into a pod which pumps into the main line. It's been a couple of days but we can't find any relief from the smell and had to move out . I have ran chlorox and water in the two sump pumps in the basement and opened windows but this hasn't helped.

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Is the septic or city sewer?


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Any cracks or a loose lid or connections at the pod (holding tank)?

Any water stains in the concrete or mortar where the sewer pipe exits the house?

Does the water in one toilet bowl jiggle when another toilet is flushed? This may indicate a clogged vent pipe (up to the roof) which in turn can cause odors to permeate the house.

Get some dye used to trace sewer leaks. Allow a few days and perhaps several insertions for the test as opposed to just putting a little in a toilet and waiting a few minutes. See if dye shows up anywhere in the basement including in the sump pump pits.

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The pod, which has been checked, pumps to the city sewer line. The break that was repaired was next to the house. I know sewage was seeping into the ground for some time. I am not quite sure how to get rid of the smell in the house which seems to be still coming up from the sump pump.
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