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desron1964 08-29-2007 04:52 PM

Shower Smells
House is 2 yrs old and on septic tank. Drain line has a trap and all appears normal. 85% of the time there's a odor that comes from drain opening. have snaked line and it's clear. Any ideas, we're getting tired of that nasty odor. Thanks, Paul

Ron The Plumber 08-29-2007 08:08 PM

Is the drain properly vented?

Big Bob 08-29-2007 09:41 PM

P traps only work when they have water in them. Check for leaks at the P trap if you can. pour a couple of gallons down the shower drain 2-3 times a day see if this helps. if it works you might have a slow leak.
I have had a few clients with this same problem with showers they hardly use.
People forget the water in a p-trap will evaporate.

Hope this helps.

Marlin 08-30-2007 06:28 AM


Originally Posted by Ron The Plumber (Post 60390)
Is the drain properly vented?

That's usually what it is. An improper or clogged vent sucking the trap dry.

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