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How do I stop an intermittant sewage smell from all of the drains in the house?
Answer 1 First it is necessary that you understand the source and cause(s). Sewage smell is caused by decomposition of sewage throughout the entire system, including the sewer mains. Any opening in the sewer system will allow vapors to escape. As a matter of fact, the plumbing system vents sticking up above your roof are there to vent any such gasses at a height which is considered to be far enough away from human activity to not interact with people. If you were to remove a toilet, a lavatory, or sink from the drain system, leaving an open pipe end, those sewer gasses would enter your home. Even with those fixtures in place, still gas could enter through the drain opening, EXCEPT that codes require ALL DRAINS [including floor drains buried in a concrete floor slab] to have what is called a "P" trap installed at the drain outlet of those devices. The p-trap is so named because it resembles the letter "p" lying on it's side such that the curved part is downward, creating a "u" shaped loop which will catch and hold [trap] the last bit of water draining through it. In effect, this creates a "plug" of liquid in the drainpipe, which prevents the sewer gasses from backing up through the fixture drain into the house. Now, with this knowledge, we can approach the question of how intermittant odors occur, assuming there are properly installed p-traps in all drains in the house. IF there is not a p-trap, or it's not properly installed with the curved loop down, so as to trap water, then the fix is to reinstall it properly. However, since you use the term "intermittantly," suggests that there are properly installed p-traps and there must be another cause. Occasionally, where you have plumbing fixtures that are seldom used, the plug of water filling the p-trap will evaporate, leaving the p-trap open thus allowing the sewer gasses to enter the house. Each time water is run through a drain, the last of the flow refills the p-trap. I suggest that for any fixture drain which is not used at least monthly, you intentionally run water through the fixture every two weeks. This should preclude evaporation of the plug, and prevent entry of sewer gasses. There is one other possibility of sewer gas passing through a fixture drain, even IF the p-trap is properly filled with liquid. If the roof sewer vent pipe is blocked or restricted [by for example, like a bird nest at the opening, or a blockage due to accumulation of spider webs and trapped tree leaves in the vent], then when a toilet is flushed, or a bathtub full of water is drained, then the quick, heavy flow of water into the sewer pipe system displaces the atmosphere [air and sewer gasses] in the system faster than the restricted vent system can handle. In this situation, it is possible that the pressure build up of sewer gasses, exeeds the strength of the p-trap water plugs to resist. Then the sewer gasses will bubble up through the p-trap water plug into the house. Another thing which can cause the same backup through the liquid filled p-traps are large, but incomplete restrictions [partial clogs] downstream in the sewer pipes. Thus, you stop intermittant sewage odors inside a house by finding, and correcting the defect which allows the sewer gas to escape the sewer system.
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Cats urinate outside the litter box for several reasons. They could be sick and have a urinary tract infection, which can kill a cat if left untreated. Cats will not go in a d…irty litter box so make sure it is scooped daily and I even wipe down the back and sides (anywhere that looks like it needs it) with a little moist tissue paper. The placement of the litter box is important as well - it shouldn't be near their food OR anywhere where they feel unsafe. One of my cats urinated outside the litter box after a series of unfortunate events... I changed their litter to a flush-able one I thought would be healthier for them... they tried it a couple of times and didn't seem to like it. I ignored them and thought they needed more time to get used to it. I then had guests for a few days who really freaked my cats out and I left on a short business trip. I came back and the peeing started. It was like she could deal with one of those things, but not all three in a short span of time. Nature's Miracle is great at cleaning up pee stains. Also, I highly recommend Feliway spray to both calm your cat down AND deter her from peeing on both areas she has peed before or areas that she may want to do so in the future. If she has not been spayed, that is an important step although spraying is more of a problem, generally, for males that are not neutered. It's important to get your cat fixed, and vital if you allow her outdoors . The other thing you can do - which stopped my cat from urinating outside the litter box and she hasn't done it since (it's been over 9 months) is that I got Dr. Elsey's Cat Attract clay based litter. It is very low on dust, has nice sized litter grains that cats seem to prefer. My cats love it and it clumps well for me to scoop easily. So to recap:1. Make sure it isn't a health issue that is making your cat urinate2. Never, ever yell or scream or throw things at your cat if you see them peeing somewhere outside the litter box - it will just make them fearful and could increase or start behavioural problems that will make the problem worse3. Make sure the litter box is in a good place4. Get Dr. Elsey's Cat Attract litter (it has stuff in it that attracts them to the litter box AND an instructional pamphlet on how to stop cats from urinating outside the box)5. Nature's Miracle for clean up6. Feliway spray (it's expensive but totally worth it)
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What could be causing your kitchen sink drain to stink like sewage occasionally while all other sink drains are fine?
The drainpipe under the sink should have a "U" shaped bend called a P-trap. Its purpose is to always hold a small amount of water in it which will block sewer gases from comin…g up through the sink and into the living space. The problem could be: No P-trap at all, which is unlikely. P-trap water has evaporated from prolonged lack of use, unlikely in most homes. The P-trap leaks, which may permit sewer gas escape. The P-trap is dirty and needs to be removed and cleaned. P-traps are not maintainence free. It would be a good idea to remove and clean them after years of use, and you don't need a plumber to do this if you are reasonably handy. And in the meantime, occasionally pour a little bleach in your sinks before you go to bed. ANS 2 - Remove the P trap and clean it and the pipe above it thoroughly. If necessary fit a new P trap.
To test for a blocked vent, plug the sink or tub. Put at least 2inches of water over the plug. If the smell ceases, you have ablocked vent. The smell is caused by methane gas,… which can causemany health issues.
It could possibly be coming from the drain. There is water in the drain that goes to your septic or holding tank even city sewer that stays in the pipe acting as a plug …to prevent the odor from coming up. Same as an elbow on a sink drain. If that water evaporated or somehow drained, then your drain now has a direct contact to the sewer/septic. Imagin it being like a snorkle connecting the sewer gas to your basement. If this is your problem the fix is easy. Simply pull the floor drain cap up, usually two or three screws. Pull out any debris that may have gotten down in there. Pour a few gallons of water down the drain. You should see water in the drain at all times, but still pour a few gallons down. Your creating a plug between your basement and the sewer. After this is done, vent the room with fans. Wait a few hours and see if the smell is gone. If it's still there you may have a bigger problem. Call a plumber who can narrow down the causes in just a few minutes. ALSO, maybe just check around with a flash light, you might find the source of the smell is simply a dead mouse!
You want to put another bathroom in your house the problem is that all of the plumbing and drainage is on the other side of the house you already have to have a sewage ejector pump because your home i?
This sounds like an expensive proposition, but if this will add a second bathroom, it might be worth the cost should you ever need to sell. Not sure what a sewage ejecto…r pump is, but you might want to update that as well.
The vent on the roof of your house may be blocked up. Your will need to check that. Try pouring a cup of vinegar into the toilet bowl and then add 1 cup of baking soda. Th…is will fizz up but freshen the pipes.
Sink drains smell because there are particles in the sink trap decomposing. To prevent such smells in a kitchen sink drain, try not to allow food to go down the drain at all,… making sure that the sink plug fits properly and is emptied into the trash after each use. If food does go down the drain, be sure to flush well with water to propel any particles past the sink trap (U junction under the sink). If you have a garbage disposal attached to your sink, be sure to run water with the disposal even after it appears the material is ground up, and continue to run the water for a minute after you turn off the disposal unit, to flush any remaining small particles. Bathroom sink and tub drains smell because they have hair and soap residue suck in them. These build up over time, eventually leading to slow draining and complete clogs. To avoid this be sure there is a catch over the drain to block hairs from going down the drain and empty when there is any matter in it. Do not flush fallen hairs down the sink, but rather get in the habit of putting them in the trash, wiping them up with a tissue if needed. If your drain already smells, try the easiest fixes first: # Run hot water through the drain to try to flush away any particles. # Pour some of vinegar (a very mild acid) down the drain to loosen soap scum and grease, as well as freshen. If this is a kitchen sink with a garbage disposal, try grinding up a lemon or orange (provides citric acid, and a mre appealing smell.) # If drain is slow, try removing any clumps stuck in drain-- a straightened coat hanger works well for hair clogs. # Try more vinegar, this time with a small amount of baking soda. Warning: Use only enough baking soda to fizz slightly in the vinegar. Pouring too much can cause a large-scale reaction which can damage pipes. Remember those science fair volcanos? # Use a chemical drain cleaner such as Drano or Liquid Plumr. Follow package directions. Leaving the product in the pipes for long periods can corrode pipes, so try a shorter period of time first, and always be sure to thoroughly flush the pipes with hot water afterward. Do not mix these chemicals. Do not use bleach.
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From my own experience, could be several causes (sometimes they exist even simultaneously): A. could be triggered by a food allergy - observe especially if your nasal mucous m…embrane becomes dry after ingesting certain foods. Possible foods triggering this: - diary - certain additives or extracts in food - some pesticides or preservatives (even a treated tea) - even maybe some food triggering cross allergy with some organic dust you are allready respiratory-allergic too B. Could be a delayed respiratory answer to an allergen in a building air conditioning system. C. Could be continuous exposure to: - a detergent in bedclothes - some actual dust in your house (especially some remained from re-building a place) - maybe even continuous exposure to some scented oil that triggered you finally this reaction For the classical dust, maybe try even an organic product for killing dust mites (I saw one that is put in vacuum cleaner). For bigger dust (from construction) you have to vaccum several times, it will disappear gradually. - recently whitewashed walls D. If it's not an allergy, I don't know the answer, but maybe it's possible that some staph in your nose produce this or it even could be some side effect of some drug, this I don't know, check with your health care provider for those. For relief with your nasal mucous membranes, try washing the nose with sea water and lubricate it with vitamine A in oil form. Hope I was able to help.
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Floor drains that do not have water flow through them will go dry and sewer gas will leak out of them because the trap makes a seal and stops air from flowing out of the floor… drain. Most commercial properties have drip primers that allow water to drip into a floor drain and keep the trap sealed but because water is dirty and since the drip primer has to have such a tiny hole, over time the drip primer corrodes and stops working and stops keeping water filled in the trap which is below any floor drain. When this happens like 2 - 4 yrs after the building was constructed the owner (like most) don't care or even know to care where the drip primer is. The best way I believe to seal a floor drain trap that is hardly used is to pour 1 gallon of water then 1/2 cup of vegetable oil down the floor drain, this oil sits on top of the water constantly making a seal on top of the water so the water can not evaporate and always making a trap seal.
It's asparagus season! It can cause an unpleasant smell in all person's urine, but only about 22% of the population. Some supplements like CLA could produce that smell, but …better confirm its not an UTI
Yes it does. You should take your dog in to your Veterinarian to have the anal glands checked out and expressed too. You want to make sure they are not infected. The Vet can t…hen show you how to express your own pet's anal glands yourself. Normally a dog will naturally express the anal glands on their own by just exercising but sometimes the older & fatter dogs that are in the house constantly will end up with blocked anal glands or draining glands that smell to high heaven. You need to learn how to express them yourself but first make sure there is not an infection present.
Like poop, pea and nastiness. I can't really explain it. It just smells REALLY bad. Yah can't really argue..... Just imagine all the nasty stuff that goes down your toilet tha…t's mixed with dirty water and mud and has been sitting for 2 months.... Yupp tastes good doesn't it
Assuming there is a trap under the drain, just pour at least a quart of water down the drain. this will fill the trap and block the flow of sewer gases into the building. A t…rap is the U shaped drain pipe that you see under you kitchen and bathroom sinks. Water going down the drain gets "trapped" in this U shaped pipe and blocks sewer gas from flowing back in to the house. If a drain is used infrequently, the water will evaporate and allow sewer gas back into the house. In this case, you may have to add water monthly to ensure that the water has not evaporated. If this does not work, it means there is no trap present. You will either have to add a trap if you can access the pipes or simply cover or plug up the drain.