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Old 12-08-2010, 05:29 PM   #16
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I think this is one time you need a pro. to do a smoke test on your system. If the original owner hooked up things the way you say you can bet there's something not connected.

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Old 12-09-2010, 07:41 AM   #17
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awesome idea!!!! I should try it and if it still smells, I can actually pour the bottle down the pipe itself, this way if the smell is in fact coming from a crack or hole in the pipe somewhere behind a wall, I can tell. I may just try that.
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i just had another thought.. if I put a cap on the vent pipe (and dont flush or use the system for a couple hrs) and the smell goes away, it would tell me it is coming in from the pipe. if the smell does not go away ill know its broken or something else down the line.
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Old 12-10-2010, 07:17 AM   #19
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You could take enough water up on the roof to dump into the vent pipe, see if it drains quickly or maybe it will flush out a critter that's in the pipe?
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Now that's just a darn good idea......

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I think i got it figured out this time. Took a shower last night and when I got out I noticed the stink was back so I thought well, its gotta have something to do with the drains cause when it drains, it stinks..lol so i start sniffing around the drains again but this time i stuck my now clean, just showered head between the (Ewwww) toilet and outside wall and WHEW!!!! there it was!! (the previous owner had not put up the base moulding in the bathroon yet before he sold it) anyhow, so I go into the basement and im looking at the drain pipes.. I see the shower, sink, toilet and the vent.. then realized what i thought was the vent was what looked to be another toilet so I thought let me take a closer look... lol evidentally, this guy, when re doing the bathroom, had moved the toilet, so he cut the drain and supply line below the floor, laid his new floor over it and while he capped off the supply, he left the drain (4" line" wide open!! so the stink is coming up from that pipe right into the bathroom from below. its cut so close to the floor that from the basement it appears to be going through it. there was just enough room to force my finger tips between the pipe and floor to feel that it was totally open. Now, I will cap it off with a fernco cap and hope and pray he ran a new pipe from the new tiolet drain to the roof vent pipe.
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Well, it sounds like that's going to fix it, hopefully.....

I still wonder why the corpse smell though, maybe a mouse crawled in and died?

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Could very well be, I just hope it goes away!!
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I'm pretty sure it will.... Po)

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... lol evidentally, this guy, when re doing the bathroom, had moved the toilet, so he cut the drain and supply line below the floor, laid his new floor over it and while he capped off the supply, he left the drain (4" line" wide open!! so the stink is coming up from that pipe right into the bathroom from below. its cut so close to the floor that from the basement it appears to be going through it. there was just enough room to force my finger tips between the pipe and floor to feel that it was totally open. Now, I will cap it off with a fernco cap and hope and pray he ran a new pipe from the new tiolet drain to the roof vent pipe.
Count your blessings that you never had a clog in the main drain. That cut off pipe, having been a toilet drain, would have overflowed all kinds of "good stuff" all over your basement. Congrats on finding your problem.

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Oh man... dont even kid. That would have really messed up the sump pump...lol

Thats the next thing to tackle.. water in the basement from the crawl space that not only floods the basement but brings in mud... after we get a big rain it looks like one of those mud slide videos down there..lol
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*sigh*

I know.... it never ends, does it? LOL

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Thats the next thing to tackle.. water in the basement from the crawl space that not only floods the basement but brings in mud... after we get a big rain it looks like one of those mud slide videos down there..lol
Fix that "yesterday" before the wood in the crawl space gets rotted out (if it isn't already).

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I know I just cant find the source of the water coming in THAT much... i re did all the gutters with brand new ones. took out the clogged and messed up underground pipes they used to drain into.. ran 4 foot pipes off the down spouts to take the water away from the house... im wondering if there is just a high water table and the water is coming up and then under the door...the problem im facing is that the crawl space is only about 1 foot high to the floor of the hose so I cant get under there.. in the baseent part theres a door leading to the crawl but when you open it, your staring at a wall of earth! lol and thats where the water comes into the basement, from under that door.
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I know I just cant find the source of the water coming in THAT much... i re did all the gutters with brand new ones. took out the clogged and messed up underground pipes they used to drain into.. ran 4 foot pipes off the down spouts to take the water away from the house... im wondering if there is just a high water table and the water is coming up and then under the door...the problem im facing is that the crawl space is only about 1 foot high to the floor of the hose so I cant get under there.. in the baseent part theres a door leading to the crawl but when you open it, your staring at a wall of earth! lol and thats where the water comes into the basement, from under that door.
Sorry for your problem. I would hire a pro if that's what it takes to fix it. The longer it continues, the more it will cost to fix. Water and wood rot waits for no one.

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