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Old 08-29-2007, 04:52 PM   #1
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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


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Is the drain properly vented?


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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.

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Originally Posted by Ron The Plumber View Post
Is the drain properly vented?
That's usually what it is. An improper or clogged vent sucking the trap dry.
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