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What Does Sewer Gas Smell Like?

Question Asked by tnamarie1: What does sewer gas smell like?
There is a fishy odor coming from bathroom off and on. Sometimes it is much stronger than others. Could this be sewer gas? Also, I do have city sewage, not a septic system.

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Answer by Spider John
It could be sewer gas. Sewer gas smells like something very rotten.
Sometimes, if you have a drain that has dried out, it will let the gas into your house.

Answer by eskie lover
Could be. Sewer gas smells like a porta poddy that desperately needs to be pumped or an airplane lavatory when you sat on the runway for 6-8 hours or like the old outhouses on gram and gramps farm in the heat of the sweltering humid summer. Get the picture? LOL

Answer by tomar82403
Have you done any remodeling lately? Certain plastics and vinyl can smell strangely fishy – even latex based paints can smell slightly fishy. Other source may be an old spot in the floor where a pet may have urinated and humidity raises the smell concentration. There are several possible explainations… However…if you suspect sewer gas – don’t mess around as it could also be combined with methane gas which is highly combustible/explosive. Though methane gas itself is odorless it is usually found in sewer gas and can be toxic to you and your family. I would highly recommend you ventilate your bathroom/home and contact your local fire department (non-emergency number – believe me they will be right there). They will tell you for sure if you have methane and can pinpoint the source for you.
I don’t want to be an alarmist and certainly believe it is probably a plastic – but calling the fire department is free and will ease your mind right away…
Good luck!

Tom A

Answer by travis m
Smells like the things that go down the pipes, not good.
Sometimes your bathtub or shower drain is the source of the problem.

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This Question Is for Plumbers Only Please. Why Does My Bathroom Sink Smell of Sewer Every Once in a While?

Question Asked by Jesse: This question is for plumbers only please. Why does my bathroom sink smell of sewer every once in a while?
I bought the property with a violation that the sewer system needs to be connected to the city sewer. I don’t understand but I’m thinking this has something to do with my problem.

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Answer by cowboydoc
It could be but, since you only want answers from plumbers I won’t bother you, I’m a contractor. Well heck, what the heck, I would make to connection to the city sewer.

Answer by car dude
either the p trap drains and allows the septic gases to enter, or the bath sink isn’t used enough and the water evaporates. the only other possibility would be that a back up occurred and there is ‘residue’ left in the overflow drain of the sink. but, i too am not a plumber, and you imply that only they would be able to tell you, so please ignore this post. just for the record, a plumber will just be guessing, too, since he can’t see what’s wrong either!!!

Answer by ihateinternetdating
I’m not a plumber… :) Having said that, your vent for your septic isn’t working properly taking the sewer gas out of the house.

That stuff will actually make you and your family very ill, you need to get the lines redone and quick, it’s methane gas in your home!!
Especially little kids, the gas is heavy and tends to lie along the floors of the home, so toddlers and crawlers get a much larger dose of it than the tall adults.

Answer by atg28
Your trap isn’t working well for some reason. If the U trap wasn’t installed properly (backwards), it won’t trap water properly to prevent the smell.

Answer by frederick f
make sure the trap is installed properly, If it is, pour a small bottle of bleach down the sink and let it alone over night. Otherwise, call a plumber

Answer by Tech Dude
First check to see that your bathroom sink has a trap. Look under the sink, and you should see a P-shaped pipe that will trap water. If the trap is missing, you’ll need to install one. Otherwise, the water is somehow disappearing from the trap, which will allow the sewer gas to come out the bathroom sink. Most likely, the vent pipe is not operating properly. Get up on your roof above the bathroom sink and look for a pipe about 1 1/2″ or 2″ diameter coming through the roof. Are there any obstructions? Does it drain water if you put a hose in it? If you try this, you probably should have someone in the bathroom checking to be sure that water doesn’t start coming out the sink. If this fails, you better call a plumber.

I doubt that your sewer system connection is the problem, unless your septic tank is full. I have no knowledge in this area.

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Why Does My Water Smell Bad?

Question Asked by Kristin H: Why does my water smell bad?
We recently moved to a new rental property with a septic system and I have noticed that in the morning just after you flush the potty that first time there is a terrible smell. It floats through the room even if you close the lid. We keep the potty clean and I know chlorine tabs have been added to the septic tank at least once since we moved in. Is there something else we can do? It is awful! Any advice welcome.
It seems to happen only after flushing the toilet. Not running water in the sink or anything.

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Answer by Okkikunare.
Please clarify something, is this ONLY the water from your toilet or does the water from the bath tub and kitchen sink smell/taste funny as well?

Some areas just have HHOORRIIBBLLEE smelling/tasting drinking water. My X’s family lives up in St John, AZ and they have this horrible sulfur taste/smell from ALL water sources inside their house and there’s nothing anyone can do about it because of some bacteria that lives in the water table around there and the fact that the whole region is volcanically semi-active. (They say nothing is active but they don’t talk about all the natural hot springs that have been popping up in the last 30 years.)

So is ALL your water smelly/bad tasting or is it just the toilets?

I do not see how it could just be the toilets since the water is going DOWN. Fresh water, the same exact water you’re drinking from your kitchen tap, is going into the toilet tank and going down to the Septic Tank.

Answer by CountryGirl
Has your septic tank been emptied recently enough? Maybe it is due for an emptying…

Answer by MillerPlantenet
Everything that goes through your septic system eventually reaches your well. Get a Reverse Osmosis water filter and for Septic System Maintenance, Use the All-Natural Advanced Formula Septic-Helper 2000. It has the 8 natural bacteria and enzymes that liquefy the waste in the tank AND out in the drain field for less than $ 3 per month.

New 2011 EPA Mandates on all 50 States to clean up their water supplies say that a slow drain in your leach field, low bacteria levels, a failed inspection or elevated Nitrate levels could require replacement of your entire system for $ 10,000 to $ 80,000 or connect to the city sewer system.

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How to Fix Septic Aerobic System Smell?

Question Asked by Alex: How to fix septic aerobic system smell?
Its about ten years old and the air gauge is good what can I do to help the aerobic system to smell better? Is there a cheap chemical I can flush to help it?

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Answer by Joan H
If it is anything like a Jet Aeration system, the stem will get clogged and won’t allow air in. You have to take it out and clean it. Riddex in your toilet every month will help any system.

Answer by Tex
These systems HAVE TO BE CLEANED on a regular schedule, otherwise they will stink. Contact the manufacturer or the installer and they will tell you what to do.

Answer by johnny3h
Forgive me if this answer runs long, but it’s necessary that you understand how septic systems work in order to understand the solution to your odor problem

There are basically two types of septic tank systems. Both systems use BACTERIA to digest the organic solid waste materials.

The oldest and probably most common septic systems utilize ANAEROBIC [meaning without air] bacteria and does create very smelly gasses. These smelly gasses are caused by SULPHUR compounds like/including Hydrogen Sulphide.

The newer AEROBIC septic systems utilize a bacteria opposite to the old systems and these bacteria HAVE to have air to survive and work.

When one of the newer AEROBIC systems begins to produce noxious odors [usually like the smell of rotten eggs] is an indication that the air supply to to septic tank system is NOT WORKING.

The cause of the failure of the air supply system could include:

1. Burn-out or other failure of the air BLOWER MOTOR,
2. Clogging of the holes in the air distribution tubing at the bottom of the tank,
3. or any kind of blockage of the air system from the point of air intake to the air discharge holes in the distribution tubes.

In any case, as other answers have suggested, the cause is inadequate air being supplied into the tank which does require regular and PROPER maintence.

I strongly suggest you NOT add chemicals to an aerobic system BUT INSTEAD consult your local building inspection department for recommendations for your area, OR better yet, employ a local, LICENSED, Professional PLUMBER who is EXPERIENCED in the newer technology of AEROBIC septic systems. Good luck.

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Why Is There an Occasional Septic Smell Coming from My Kitchen Sink?

Question Asked by Lynette: Why is there an occasional septic smell coming from my kitchen sink?
We do not live on a sewer system. I am hoping it is not septic tank failure.

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Answer by justcurious
you should have your septic tank emptied EVERY year. Some people don’t realize this. Check it out.

Answer by kevin
p-traps prevent odor and vermin from coming out the fixture. perhaps the smell is around the sink not from the sink. from outside perhaps?

Answer by lewis n 5 years old I’m 75
If you have a garbage disposal, squeeze a lemon in there, and turn the disposal on including the rest of the lemon cut up. Vinagar down the sink may help or baking soda. Give it a try you have nothing to lose. Vinagar once a month helps all drains. Hoyakins

Answer by thewrangler_sw
The most overlooked cause in a smelly sink, is actually that ‘P’ trap, sometimes called a ‘J’ trap. The way that trap works, to prevent sewer gases from coming back up the drain, is that it uses water to form a block. If there is no water, or not enough water, in that trap to form a seal, then the gases can come up through the drain.

Some drain/waste/vent systems are not adequately vented, for one reason or another, and a sudden drain at another location in the home, for example the washing machine, or toilet, may have enough suction, to pull the water out of that trap, or at least enough of it to allow the gases to get up the drain.

I would recommend that you take some notes…. what was going on in the home before you noticed the smell? You can probably figure out which other drain, is causing the ‘vacuum’ on the sink drain.

Simplest fix, of course, is to simply shoot some more water into the drain from the faucet….this is a quick fix, and will help you determine if this is actually the problem, and by following up on your notes, you should be able to determine which drain in the house it is, that needs more ventilation. For example, if you notice the smell more often after doing a few loads of laundry, on a regular basis…then you may want to look at that portion of the drain/waste/vent system.

For that… you may want to call in a plumber, but, if you feel comfortable doing it yourself, you would simply need to cut into the drain system near the one causing the problem, and run a stack up through the roof. Or, you might even be able to cut into an existing stack in the attic, and join it with the new vent pipe.

Good Luck

Answer by cowboydoc
More than likely you have a plugged air line to the roof. If your agile enough run a garden hose down the line and have your wife turn it on for a minute, don’t fall. Watch for water backing up in the sink also. It’s probably a hornets nest in the line.
Your other option is to call a plumber and pay the price. He’ll do about the same with a snake. If you have or can borrow a snake, try it.

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Why Do My Clothes Smell After Washing Them No Matter How Much Softner I Put in the Wash/dryer.?

Question Asked by Colleen: Why do my clothes smell after washing them no matter how much softner i put in the wash/dryer.?
I have a septic system. Even if I wash the same load 3-4 times with softner and then put them in the dryer with 5/6 softner clothes, my clothes still smell. The scent is more prominent with towels/wash cloths. Could it be the dryer (over 25 years old)?

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Answer by Putri
Do you clean your washing machine regulary? At least once a month, your empty washing machine at 90°C programma with soap or with vinegar (the one that you use to eat with salad but better alcohol vinegar not wine vinegar) let it run. So the soap bacteries that left in your washing machine will be rinse out and then your clothes will not be smelly anymore ( I hope). I do it once a month myself. And I use sometimes vinegar instead of softener and my clothes smell just like the smell from the detergent, it’s fresh smell. Don’t use too much softener, can cause allergic to children or adults too. I hope this can solve your problem

Answer by Vegan_Mom
As for the smell– Vinegar and/or baking soda. Both are effective in odor removal. (Vinegar works for stains as well.) I just sprinkle liberally after I fill the washer. Also, we use the Arm and Hammer baking soda detergent and it works very well with odors– Even with cloth diapers that have been sitting in a closed plastic bag for several days. Try the baking soda or vinegar (both very cheap and both very effective in a zillion things around the house. Vinegar is pretty much the only thing I use for cleaning. Occasionally, I’ll use the Meijer [grocery store] Natuals cleaner, but not often. Even then, to extend the use, we fill half of an empty bottle with cleaner and half with water. I digress.)

Anyway, I hope I’ve been of some help.

Answer by david h
The washer/dryer should be given a good clean by running empty on the hottest wash possible.Clean all rubbers around drum and clean out the soap detergent drawer thoroughly.
Empty filter and smell machine for odours , if the machine smells then it will contaminate your cloths.
When finished leave the machine door open to air , as often a damp drum rubbers will allow fungis , mould , bacteria etc to grow.+

Answer by david –
The bacteria, mould..etc is growing inside the inner drum of your dryer. Use clorox with hot water to flush it.

Hope this helps,

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Septic Tank Pumped, So Why Does My Basement Still Smell?

Question Asked by Buffalo Slobber: Septic tank pumped, so why does my basement still smell?
I had my septic tank pumped about a month ago and my basement still has a sewage smell. Does anyone have any ideas why my basement still smells like sewage? I know I don’t have any dry traps. Is there something I should be adding to my septic tank?

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Answer by jiminpa2
is your tank in the basement? i don’t know of any other reason unless the traps are dry.mabe a plugged vent?

Answer by Gary M. Cornelisse Sr.
Not to your septic tank but think about washing down as much of your basement as you can with a scented bleach. You have a bacterial issue.

Answer by Edgar
Usually when you get the “smell” in a basement it is from an unused floor drain or a utility drain in that area. Drains have a water trap that prevents sewer gasses from entering the house. When not used often the water evaporates and the gasses creep in. A good way to prevent this is to pour water down the drain. This should work. To maintain the trap you can pour in a cup of vegetable oil to keep the water from evaporating. Won’t hurt the environment. Another method is to use evaporator cooler water conditioner (it wont evaporate and won’t hurt the environment either). You will have to tend the drain(s) about every 6 months. A more costly method is to have trap primers installed.

Hope this helps.

Answer by Carol
Check your sewage pipes including the vent pipes going through the house/basement. Septic pipes never fill up so a crack or break on the top won’t leak liquid but will leak gas that will stink. Also check the lid or cap on the septic tank. If it wasn’t put on correctly, it will also leak gas. Finally, check if anything’s changed the air movement around the septic vent in your roof. Anything that disturbs a clean flow of air past that pipe could cause the vented gasses to be circulated around the side of the house and in a basement window.

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When I Do Laundry a Fowl Smell Is Coming from Bathroom ,how and What Can I Do?I Have Septic System?

Question Asked by Suzette: when I do laundry a fowl smell is coming from bathroom ,how and what can I do?I have septic system?
But the gases should be going up the stack, not forced into the house, right?

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Answer by Biker
I would call a plumber on that one if you have had the septic tank cleaned out on a regular basis. something is blocking the venting of those gasses.

Answer by larryd-ok-usa
Yes most like’ly it is your vent.Use RID-X in it once in a while help’s some i hear.Get your tank pumped out every once in awhile.I have the same problem and can’t get rid of it and i’m on city sewer.

Answer by Bill P
1. make sure that your toilet has been flushed and that there is water in the trap.
2. Make sure that your bath has water in the trap as well as your sink. You might want to fill the bath and the sink and leave water in them.

I think, however, that your system is not venting out of a pipe on the roof and the best way to do that is to buy a “snake” and get on the roof with that and a water hose and run the snake down, making sure that it twists as it goes and once it hits bottom, put some water into it to carry what you have loosened up into the septic line or the sewer line.

If you have a lot of trees, especially those that drop nuts or sweet gum balls, you can but a little “hat” to go over the vent, elevated 6-8 inches or so but certainly not stopping the vent pipe up.

If that is not the case, you will have to open an inspection part of the main sewer line, going from just below the toilet in the area of the bathroom where it stinks, and run it all the way to the septic or sewer.

If this is too much, call a plumber.

Answer by susiefila
you may need your tank pumped… When it gets full gases tend to enter the house when the toilet if flushed or laundry is done… Find the cover open in it if see sludge close to the top have it pumped.. only about a $ 100. if you live in a fairly rural area I bet there is companies that specialize in septic care ( not a plumber)
Located under sewage or septic in the phone book. Tanks need pumped every so often depending on your faimly size and size of your tank… mine is old and has to pumped every year maybe 2…. Also you could try buying the septic treatment in the hardware department after you hav it pumped it helps with the whole thing keeping bacteria which are good at the right level in the tank to break down waste

Answer by Galileon
It does sound like you may have a blocked vent as Biker suggests, however before I called the plumber, I would get up on the roof and see if it isn’t something simple like a birds nest causing this blockage! Also be aware there are water traps in all your plumbing fixture drains to prevent sewer fumes from entering your house, perhaps the bathroom sink has a leak at the water trap and is allowing the water in the trap to drain out? I would do these checks first, because here in Miami, FL where I live it’ll cost $ 50 just to have a plumber come look, and that’s on a week day!

Answer by bowats
Also, if you have had high winds recently, they can force the water from a trap thus leaving it dry and let gasses into the living space. Run water down each sink, etc for 10 seconds to make sure all traps are wet.

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Answer by Building Inspector
This is most likely caused by improper venting of your drainage system. What happens is that your drainage system becomes depressurized when a fixture drains and can suck the water out of the p trap in your sink, shower or floor drain, (not your toilet though as someone mentioned).

Easiest fix for this problem is to install an air admittance valve, (or cheater vent as some plumbers call them), on your drain handling your washing machine.

You could buy one of these vents at your local plumbing supply store and they are failry simple to intall.

Good luck

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Our Newly Installed Sand Sand Filter Septic System Smells Terrible. What Can We Do to Stop the Smell.?

Question Asked by yorky: Our newly installed sand sand filter septic system smells terrible. What can we do to stop the smell.?
We installed this system to the T by the county dept requir 1 yr ago. We don’t have a pump system at the end of the septic tank as I have read that others have. Our pipe is 6 foot above our roof. Do we need more lenghth there? The ground isn’t saturated anywhere that I can tell. I put a bacteria disk down the toilet 1x a week to help with decomposition. Sometimes the smell is so bad it takes your head off. The smell comes from the pipe over the roof line and also from the vent pipe over the drainage fields. I keep chlorine tabs down the chlorine tank, (last tank) as we are supposed to before the water comes to surface. It doesn’t seem to stink at the water run out area. Just from the pipe over the roof and from the vent over the drainfields. It almost seems like we have alot of draft that runs through system from the vent pipe. I have even put plastic over this to stop the draft. Not sure if I am hurting anything by clogging off air flow, but just desperate to stop this smell

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Answer by johnbntexas
obviously the system isn’t working and you need an expert ( where did the original plans come from ? )

if the design and installation is correct then you are exceeding the capacity of the system or your soil is not the proper type ( did you have a ‘perk test’ and why the sand system instead of a tank and leach field system ( clay soil ? )

the type of sand and distribution would seem to be critical ( you would have to have an even filtration and you would have to have an adequate colony of LIVE anabolic bacteria

Answer by Chuck M
The smell is more than likely coming from the roof vents. You might try extending the roof vents up about a foot or so. This is a common occurence. Pay attention to the weather conditions and wind direction to see if there is a common factor to when the odor is at it’s worst. Good luck.

Answer by froggy010101
You are killing one operation with another.
You are using decomposition chemicals but then you are using chlorine tablets which will react with the decomposition chemicals.
Have your septic system emptied and purchace the bulk starter systems, normally in the form of large bags which you put in the bottome of the system.
They are readilly available from B&Q and mosts Farmers stores in the Countryside.
You should empty your septic system every year anyway.
If you do not have a soak away pipe at the end of your septic system then crust will build up in the tank and should be removed by vaccuum tanker.

Answer by 11mz
change the whole thing or throw it away..

Answer by jgmafb
anytime you use sand for filtering you have problems!sand is the worse material for grabbing and not only holding onto but,creating new smells altogether.

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Septic System Problem with Sprinkler Not Working and a Bit of Smell?

Question Asked by msanchez1210: Septic system Problem with sprinkler not working and a bit of smell?
What size gravel is used for septic filtration system? also how much will cost to have my septic clean out? will it be cheaper if i fix the pump the was originally installed right now I’m using a sewer pump to get all the water out into a hole because the sprinkler is not working.

Thanks in advance..

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Answer by acts2120
You may need to give more details as septic systems vary from one part of the country to another. Where I am there are no pumps but I am aware that some systems in Louisiana use an air pump to pump air into the septic tank. I don’t quiet get the sprinkler part and why you are having to pump the water.

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How Can I Get My New Septic System Not to Smell Out Doors When We Use the Water in Doors?

Question Asked by Kelly R: How can I get my new septic system not to smell out doors when we use the water in doors?
We have a new home in the mountains and the septic has been in since this past April and every time we shower, do dishes, flush the toilet we get this awful smell out side. It is so embarrassing when people are visiting and we are bar-b-queing on the deck and someone uses the bathroom – we all smell it.
I was using bleach products and have stopped that. We have tries RidX and some other product to no avail.
Please, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Answer by Sage
Contact the company who installed the septic system and tell them to come back and fix it properly. A new system should not have a smell at all.
I hope they fix it. If they don’t then report them to the Better Business Bureau and sue them in small claims court so you can pay someone else to do the job perfectly.
Also, don’t use bleach in a septic system. Use Rid X or another product suitable for maintaining it. RidX contains enzymes that eat the waste matter, whereas bleach kills off the good enzymes.

Answer by Jamie T
There could be two areas where this smell is coming from. Its hard to explain but you could be pushing air out of you vent pipes that are located on your roof. And extension of the pipes my be an eyesore but might help. The smell could be coming from the tank not draining waist water properly into your drain-field. The only way i know to fix this is to call a licensed plumber and have them install what is called a “running trap” on you main line going to you tanks. This will trap water and prevent gases from back through the line.
Good luck!

Answer by wry humor
Both Jamie T and Sage have valid comments. You need to identify the source of the odor. Once you’ve identified the source then you can correct the problem. If the problem has persisted since installation there is likely a plumbing error somewhere.

This site gives you a brief overview of a septic system from toilet to drain field. There are other sites available – just Google it.

Answer by evilindependent
The smell is coming from the vent stacks on your house, there is no way to prevent this. Vents need to operate in order for your waste plumbing to flow.

Answer by Keebler
You may have a problem with the outlet from your septic tank. When you use water (shower, washer etc) it stirs up the sewer water in the tank and that also can cause oder.

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How Do Stop the Horrendous Smell from Water Spryed from a Septic Tank?

Question Asked by : How do stop the horrendous smell from water spryed from a septic tank?
my neighbors septic tank(water treatment plant) has apump that circul;ates air throughout the water. As the tank fills, a pump wih a riser will engag and water is sprayed onto thelawn ,lowering the water level. thiswater smells terrible. it i so bad I have to either go indise till they stop or wear a mask to bvreath.
anyone have any suggestiosn?

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Answer by Cris
Sounds like something is wrong with their aerobic septic system. The water sprayed out on the lawn is post-treatment and it should be more or less scentless.

There is not much you can do except ask the neighbor to get a qualified plumber to check it out.

Answer by fuzzykjun
they need to fix their unit!!! this is a health hazard if its not fixed soon call your local health unit to make them repair it….

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I Smell an Awful Smell in My Basement Room, Could the Septic System Have a Leak in It?

Question Asked by chips2481: I smell an awful smell in my basement room, could the septic system have a leak in it?
Lately I smell an odor like ^&*% in my room in the basement. It has gotten worse and worse lately. Could this be a leak in the septic system? I have heard that it is dangerous to have a leak since it could start a fire like natural gas would.

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Answer by clouise
could be. mold? call your plumber.

Answer by kRiS
Perhaps it’s a body.

Answer by john h
That’s a good possibility. Another possible answer, is something ( a rat or squirrel) has died in the wall and is decomposing. I would get it professionally checked out ASAP.

Answer by hoarymug
If you have a floor drain, the trap may have dried out. Just add water to it and if that’s it, the smell should go away in a day or so.

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Q&a: Why if I Just Had My Septic System Replaced Does It Smell Like Sewage in My House.?

Question Asked by OHS Athletic Boosters: Why if I just had my septic system replaced does it smell like sewage in my house.?
I had my septic tank-system replaced about 3 weeks ago and it still smells like sewage inside my house. Why?

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Answer by Don
I’m guessing maybe while the sewage was backed up with the old system that some leaked under your commode(s). Consider pulling them and replacing the wax seal at the same time, then caulk around the bottoms.

Answer by FRANK b
the new system seem to lack a p-trap

Answer by junior
If you have a basement, there is likely a drain in the floor. There is a trap in this drain, just like under you sink. It is there to “trap” some water in the drain to keep sewer gasses from coming into your home.

While having work done, the water may have escaped the trap. Try pouring about a quart of water down the drain to refill it. Do this to all the floor drains.

Answer by Honsell T
It could be a number of things. Did the plumbing company do any work inside of the house? I would call them back and have them investigate the odor. They have to make it right. Caulking around the toilet bases might do the trick. Also, make sure all fixtures, including floor drains, have enough water in the p-traps to make a water seal. Make sure all fixtures have a p-trap- like the washing machine. Did they re-route any plumbing drain lines in your basement? Maybe they tied into an existing line and failed to cap it off elsewhere? Call them back out to investigate, it’s their responsibility.

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Why Does My Kitchen Smell Like a Septic Tank When I Run the Dishwasher?

Question Asked by dsjnix: Why does my kitchen smell like a septic tank when I run the dishwasher?
Have noticed just over the last two days that when I run the dishwasher there is a slight septic tank odor in my kitchen. Just had the septic pumped last summer. What should we check for?

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Answer by
Check for septic leakage in your water line.. it is very possible considering dishwashers use hot, steamy water and any smell of feces or **** may be being “baked” into the air in your kitchen.

It’s pretty foul.. but I’d get it checked out.

Answer by jarrett n
Check your food trap. Bottom of the dishwasher under the jet arm. Should look like a little plastic screen with screws going through it. My guess is you have some icky decaying food in it. Gives off a God awful smell and the nice warm humid environment inside the washer just helps it right along. Open the food trap, put on your nicest rubber gloves and give that area a good cleaning. See if that helps the odoriferous funk that has become your kitchen.

Answer by mickeymouse
Every 3 months you need to run a dishwasher cleaner through your machine. There are several good ones on the market, this should cure the problem.

Answer by
Most dishwashers today are self cleaning. If you have on older one clean the food trap inside. you can find the manual for you model on line and it will tell you if you have a trap that needs to be periodically cleaned. I investigate septic systems and odors for a living. Over 90% of the time an odor is from a breach in the drain venting. An example: if the drain line the dishwasher empties into has a p-trap that is partially evaporated the gases can leak there. Too many other possibilities to list, but I always start with venting on any odor complaint. Good Luck.

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Q&a: Why Does My New Septic System Smell?

Question Asked by jmchenard: Why does my new septic system smell?
We had a new septic system installed last August. During the fall the smell was awful so we figured out the pipe on the roof was clogged. We unclogged the pipe and the smell got worse outside. Winter came and the smell went away. Now with the warmer weather the smell is back. What can we do? We have and Enviro system and heard that you can block the vent pipe that is in the ground. Will that help?

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Answer by Wall S
call your installer there is a problem

Answer by Dubidiocho
I don’t know what a Eniro system is but there have been a lot of systems invented. Someone didn’t do something right,between the Installer and the Inspector. You definitely need to make the Installer correct the problem or pay for the correction. You may want to complain to the Inspector and make him come out and smell the problem. I believe you only have one year to act and then the contractor is free of obligation and his Bond is no longer in the picture.

Answer by me and me
call the contractor you should not have any smell at all if he doesn’t fix it go to the inspector and keep going to get it fixed its not right and you paid for a septic that works!

Answer by yeimi_byers
I would assume that since you have a new system that the lids are above ground. If the lids and/or risers aren’t sealed, the smell can leak out; which would explain why it’s starting to smell again in the warmer weather. You should call a septic installer or a septic hauler to have them look at it and if this is the case they can seal them.

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I Smell an Awful Smell in My Basement Room, Could the Septic System Have a Leak in It?

Question Asked by chips2481: I smell an awful smell in my basement room, could the septic system have a leak in it?
Lately I smell an odor like ^&*% in my room in the basement. It has gotten worse and worse lately. Could this be a leak in the septic system? I have heard that it is dangerous to have a leak since it could start a fire like natural gas would.

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Answer by orchard
Oh gross. Um, do you have a floor drain in your basement room????
If you do : and it doesn’t have a cover on it, it may be letting the smell of stinky old swampy ground water back in the house. Especially if its connected to a perimeter drain around your footings.
Or: if you don’t have a floor drain, and your septic systems leach field is plugged up and your house is on a slope, it might be draining under your house, under the slab, under the rocks under the slab and coming up through a small crack.
You have to find the source of the smell. I can’t do it from here.
When’s the last time you pumped out your septic tank?
It might be over due. OR hopefully not, your leach field is in total failure.
Lets not get too crazy here, just go down to the basement and check closely were the smell is coming from.
Then go outside and sniff around your leach field too.
If you have a “french” drain that daylights somewhere, go check that that is not plugged up.
Good luck.

Answer by Tedruski
Here is your answer.
Look for round floor drains in your floor slab. If you have carpet on the floor use a strong wand magnet to sweep over floor and find the floor drains.
When you find them pour 1 gallon of water in each one. It probably is that your floor drain traps have evaporated all the water in them that normally traps sewer gas with this water in the traps. When the water evaporates then the sewer gas is allowed to dissipate up and out into the air in the room. This is most likely the cause.
It should be a simple fix, but make sure you locate them all.
Wait to answer until you solve the problem, I’m sure this is it.
Go do it.

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Why Does My Septic System Smell When the Sprinklers Go Off?

Question Asked by jrab7715: Why does my septic system smell when the sprinklers go off?
I have a septic system with a sprinkler discharge. When the sprinklers go off it smells like sewage. What could the problem be? Also when it rains a lot the sprinklers go off a lot more. Please help

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Answer by wmayers99
Your system is in need of immediate professional service! Like, YESTERDAY!!!

Answer by chuck.mush
Sounds like the leach field (lateral lines) are saturated with affluent and that you may need to pump the septic tank. When it rains or the sprinkler system is being used, the affluent “surfaces” and causes the odor.

The tank should be pumped to remove the solids every 3-5 years under normal usage. To fail to pump the tank could cause solids to enter the leach field and cause clogging.

It could also mean that the trenches are saturated and the affluent can no longer be absorbed into the soil. This could result in being forced to dig new trenches and adding more leach lines to your system.

Call a septic service, and get this cured. It is a Health Hazard.

Answer by Cameron A
you need help Professionaly

Answer by daved2120
you need to call a professional now don’t put it off !

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How Do I Get Rid of the Septic Tank Smell Coming Out of My Bathroom Sink?

Question Asked by mlhinfl: How do I get rid of the septic tank smell coming out of my bathroom sink?
We have a septic tank. After some time with no smell, we now have a sewage-type odor coming up out of the bathroom sink. We do not notice it from the bathtub drain. Tank was pumped out in the last year or so, and we have used a tank treatment to keep good bacteria working on the sewage. What should I do next?

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Answer by vinper1
make sure there is a trap under the sink to prevent this….it is possible your sink is tied into a vent.

Answer by emmie8750
There should be a trap under the bathroom sink that holds water, i.e. the drain. The water stops the methane from rising into the room. Check to make sure it’s not leaking and still has water in it. The drain line should be in the shape of an S or P on its side.

Answer by egotist61
Check and make sure the trap under the sink is working. It should fill up with after every time you empty
the sink, that is why it is called a trap, it stops sewer gas from returning to the house

Answer by shonts1
The vent pipe is probably plugged in the house or building

Answer by tim r
Fill the sink with water, your traps have lost the seal and sewer gas is escaping. Run the water for a few minutes and let the trap fill. Can a plumber if this does not help, but this should do the trick. Good luck.

Answer by Need Flow
this may or may not be related but most houses also have vents(the stubby pipes that stick up out of your roof) make sure those are not all plugged up.

Answer by Sweetharttt
Try pouring a quart or so of milk down the drain. If it is sour milk, all the better.

Answer by car dude
if after you have tried the other answers you still have the odor try this. pour baking soda down the drain then hot white vinegar and water mixed. i do this after cleaning the coffee maker and changing out the old baking soda from the fridge. hope this helps, good luck.

Answer by ticketoride04
if you do have a correct trap under the sink., check the roof for the vent, squirrels are famous for stuffing stuff down the air vents and blocking the gases from escaping.
if that fails, maybe you have a cracked galvanized metal drainpipe in the wall that has frozen and cracked and allowing gasses to enter in and around the sink wall

Answer by sandy l
one way check valve is needed here to stop the gas from returning up the pipe any plumbing supply store will have them this should be installed in the main drain line

Answer by cowboydoc
Your “S” trap under the sink with water in it should trap the smell. You should be getting any smells from it.

Take some bleach with water and run down to air vent holes, other then this I wouldn’t know what to recommend. there shouldn’t be a smell here.

Answer by launrider
Try pulling out your sink stopper and cleaning out the gunk underneath it. Wash it and run your hot water for a fer minutes. You might then try some bleach or other sink cleaner.

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