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Old 01-23-2012, 11:02 AM   #1
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we have a very strong smell in one room in the house that has persisted for two days and then diminished. We have checked drains and upstairs pipework and can not find from where the smells is ingressing the house. Any ideas how this can be traced. We have previously had professional drain people in who have cost hundreds of pounds but not resolved the issue. It comes and goes for no apparent reason

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Dry drain trap from lack of use, fix by simply adding water by turning on the tap for a min.

Leaking wax ring under a toilet, fix just replace the wax ring, 15 min. and a $5.00 wax ring.

A vent line near a window.

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In addition to what Joe said, I would throw out there that a plumbing vent could be somehow clogged, causing the a trap to siphon, and thus allow gas to enter from the sewer.
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we have a very strong smell in one room in the house that has persisted for two days and then diminished. We have checked drains and upstairs pipework and can not find from where the smells is ingressing the house. Any ideas how this can be traced. We have previously had professional drain people in who have cost hundreds of pounds but not resolved the issue. It comes and goes for no apparent reason

I am going to ask the big question. Which room is it? When did this start? Was there any new construction or remolding?


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Smoke test. No guessing, if its methane from your sewer a smoke test will confirm it. If its sewer gas this condition is dangerous ,,Our web site explains a little more, www.americandrain.net . if you go that route you need to find someone in your area that specializes in this test. Its not just blowing smoke in to the pipes. I have done test on buildings that were cleared by other companies here locally. We have retested and found the sewer gas leak. Good luck
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I had a problem with a sewage smell in my house the past few months that I recently (temporarily) solved. The smell was in the entire house but I traced it down to it coming from the basement furnace room, more specifically the ejector pit for our basement bathroom and drains for the water softener. Somehow the seal on the pit must have gotten punctured and everytime the water softener would drain out it would stir and splash the wastewater in the pit causing the gasses to escape and stink up the entire house. I checked the pipes to make sure they were all connected sucurely and valves were working properly then I re-ran the softener drain hoses and sealed up the pit lid with some Great Stuff. This has eliminated the problem entirely for a couple bucks. I am sure that I will need to access the pit for some maintenance and at that time I plan on replacing the actual pit lid/seal but for a quick fix, the foam insulation has worked wonders.

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