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Old 12-18-2011, 10:18 AM   #1
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Hello. First time posting. Thanks in advance for your help.

The cabinet beneath the sink in my bathroom smells bad. It's a sour smell, and I assume it's sewer gas.

At some point, a plumber said there is a vent of some sort under there (photos included), which I assume vents the said sewer gas so that it doesn't build up or something. The plumber also said it probably shouldn't be there but that it might not be a problem.

Well it is a problem. Sometimes the smell is really gross. What can I do about it? I've thought of course about sealing off the vent, but then perhaps my house would explode? Will I also have to install another vent somewhere else? Where? How?

EDIT: I just read another post on this forum that talks about studor vents. The vent in the picture appears to be just that, but still it smells. Perhaps it's poorly installed or defective? Or maybe the smell is due to something else? Your thoughts would be appreciated.

Many thanks.
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Old 12-18-2011, 10:22 AM   #2
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Hello and welcome the best darn DIY'r site on the web.


You are smelling sewer gas and the vent IMHO should be installed vertically otherwise it will not seal when in the static state.

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Oh yes, I remember now, that's what the guy said! That it was in the wrong way! That should be an easy fix, no? Just cut it off, get a 90 degree joint and glue it back together?
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Oh yes, I remember now, that's what the guy said! That it was in the wrong way! That should be an easy fix, no? Just cut it off, get a 90 degree joint and glue it back together?

Yes I would also run it up as high as possible under the sink and possibly purchase a new vent, many areas of the USA don't allow such vents per code, if you are interested, but that is a solution as opposed to ripping into walls.
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And replace the cartridge while you're at it - they're packed with charcoal and purge the odors . . . the charcoal doesn't last forever.
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looking at vent ITS WRONG...needs to be verticial....cut offset with 90 and install vent upright...

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