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Old 02-17-2018, 09:53 AM   #16
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OK, another bell rang.

Clean the hair from the pop up assembly. That's the most common problem with lavatorys in every household. As mentioned, sometimes the Clorox will do it if it can be retained in the hair area long enough.
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Old 02-17-2018, 10:06 AM   #17
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Is there a person in the home with long hair?

Some times long hairs get trapped in the piping downstream from where you can easily see, and then accumulates more hair, dirt, soap film, anything else that is washed away.

Then rots.

Stinks like dead animal.


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Old 02-17-2018, 10:27 AM   #18
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The popup, drain, and trap are totally clean. That was my first thought months ago. The problem seems to be down stream but more than likely in the vent stack. The shower and toilet that use the same drain work fine, no issues at all or smell.
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Just to comment, you mentioned gurgling. If there is a block beyond the trap that is slowing the drain then when you first run some water it might force some of the air beyond the trap to bubble back to your side. The blockage is not total as you tested it and it does drain, but once the water is running it could complete the block and fill more of that space resulting in the air needing to go somewhere.

Under the sink, is your trap removable where it heads into the wall? If you can snake from there you might have more luck. I have a snake that allows me to spin the cable as I insert it and I have attached objects to that end so they spin a larger diameter.

The solution will look obvious once you find it. For some comfort, plumbers in my area get $200 an hour to do what you are doing.

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Hey Bud, I'm bout tired of this bell ringing.

To rule out the vent as the problem, if you have a leaf blower available, blow air into the vent stack while someone watches the water level in the toilet. If the wife screams the vent is open and you may have a mess to clean from the floor.
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The other thing that no one had addressed is why when I snaked the vent from the roof and the end was wet, why is that, shouldn't a vent be dry. There are no traps in the main line below the vent to hold water.
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The other thing that no one had addressed is why when I snaked the vent from the roof and the end was wet, why is that, shouldn't a vent be dry. There are no traps in the main line below the vent to hold water.
Basically you are correct but there can be unintended low spots that can hold some water. Since the toilet is flushing fine if it is a vent issue I would think it was just the vent connection from the sink. There may also be a vent connection from the shower or tub, being that the MBR has its own vent stack.

I think you said you removed the trap at the sink, did or can you try the snake from there?

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Don't forget, too, running that snake down the pipe could act like an errant NG tube down your nose, and go into your lungs, or into a trap to the side of the vent.
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Update - I poured more drain cleaner down the drain and some into the sink overflow. Both of these worked well but I thought, what the heck, it's worth a try and guess what, no more smell in the morning when we run the water. I just hope it stays that way.

Thanks for all the replies. Keeping my fingers crossed.
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A regularly scheduled interval of using the cleaner, will keep the mess at bay.

Even a dose of pine-sol would keep it smelling better.


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