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Old 09-01-2010, 04:49 PM   #1
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Sewage stench (not the pee trap)


I have an unbearable stench coming from my sewer drain in the basement. Here Iíve been dealing with this for 1 year, on and off.
My father in law first thought it was the washer water that was coming back up and festering in the drain, but he re-piped everything and the stench came back.
The only time the smell was completely gone was when we had a ton of rain. I am guessing that the rain water (which drains through there) washed everything out.
My pee trap is full and the water level in the drain actually sits higher than usual (but it doesn't seem like a problem). I checked my main out and everything seems to be flowing out without a problem, so there seems to be no clogging. I can pour buckets of fresh water down the drain and the water is clear again, but it seems like dirty water begins to float back up after some time...
I have no clue what to do. Any initial thoughts?

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Old 09-01-2010, 06:50 PM   #2
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Do you have a stand pipe and trap on your washer?
What do you mean that the rain water drains thru there?
Smells are hard to find, but we still need more info.

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Old 09-01-2010, 07:04 PM   #3
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Q: Do you have a stand pipe and trap on your washer?
A: Yes, I have a stand pipe and trap on the washer

Q: What do you mean that the rain water drains thru there?
A: I capped off the pipe in the sewer drain because of the smell (I didn't think that anything ran directly into the drain except for my furnace line - everything else goes into my main stack and connects with the main line past the basement drain) however, the drain filled up (but didn't overflow) when it rained next. So I uncapped the floor drain and water ran through and out of my main drain for 3 hours.

What I am saying is that I think my weeping tile system drains through my sewer drain in my basement.

Are there any other questions that you may have in order to guess what is going on here?
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Old 09-01-2010, 08:50 PM   #4
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Its a fairly common problem. pour a little bleach in it every so often.
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Old 09-02-2010, 12:58 AM   #5
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I've tried forresth, but the bleach does nothing. I want to find the problem and fix it - the band-aid solution is not working here. Thanks for your response though. Anything else that I can do?
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A floor drain in many areas used to be connected to a sanitary and a weeping tile system. This would allow the rain water to exit the premisise through your sanitary drain, which is what you have?

Currently most codes suggest the weeping tiles be connected to a sump pump. Usually a floor drain has a p trap conected to it, underneath the slab. Is there a cleanout near the floor drain? I suspect the odour might be coming from your floor drain trap?

everything is connected to the main stack and the washer has a stand pipe, then i think it has to be the floor drain. i might try cleaning out the floor drain p trap if u can reach it with a shop vac.

a diagram on this webpage better identify's the floor drain connected to the weepers and sanitary......good luck i feel your pain, i just went through a similar situation.

http://www.winnipeg.ca/waterandwaste...ding.stm#check


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