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Old 02-03-2014, 08:58 PM   #1
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My girlfriend lives in a mobile home and she has one toilet that the water keeps draining from the bowl, yet the tank stays filled and the toilet is not running. The home is on a foundation and there is no visible water leak in the basement. When the bowl drains there is an overwhelming odor of sewer gas.

I know that this sounds like a blocked vent pipe. I have never cleared a vent pipe before and her father is likely to be the one to fix it, but it may be a few days until he is able to do it. Since the water keeps draining from the bowl, is there anything that can be done to keep the sewer gas from coming back into the home until this is fixed properly?

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You could stuff a rag down it, but be careful not to flush it.


If she lives in a mobile, there may be no vent, or there may be an "air admittance valve" hidden in a wall somewhere that has failed.


Anything is possible as far as plumbing goes when you start poking around a mobile....


The other alternative is that the toilet has something stuck in it and is causing the water to slowly siphon out.

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Alan, although not very likely, but is it possible there could be a hairline crack in the trap of the toilet itself causing the water to leak out?
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Alan, although not very likely, but is it possible there could be a hairline crack in the trap of the toilet itself causing the water to leak out?
This is possible but the water would most likely appear on the floor as if the wax had failed
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Was the home remodeled?
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