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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First, a thourough inspection should be done in the crawlspace or basement of the dwelling to find any potential problems that need attention. If the structure is built on a concrete slab then you are at the mercy of only slab top inspections. If possible hire a licensed home inspector with a meter …that will sniff out the gas (methane gas). The inspector should be able to meter the area or areas infected and give you a readinf on the intensity of the gas. At this point you know where to focus on the problem. Be sure to walk the perimeter of the dwelling as well. This could also lend clues. The most common sewer gas smell problem is a floor drain trap, or other infrequently used trap that has dried out. Pouring a few liters of water in will resolve this. (MORE)
Answer . \nYour traps could be being siphoned from improper venting, an "S" trap on one of your fixtures, or a cracked trap below slab level. It could also be the wax seal around your toilets. It is difficult to say without seeing your house.
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 dirty litter box so make sure it is scooped daily and I even wipe down the back and sides (anywhere that looks like it needs i…t) 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 urinate 2. 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 worse 3. Make sure the litter box is in a good place 4. 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 up 6. Feliway spray (it's expensive but totally worth it) . (MORE)
waterpumps leak on these quite often. that's the first place i would check. if you don't see any signs of coolant leaks from that area (check just below and to the left of the thermostat housing) have the system pressure tested. i believe also that head gaskets leak on these (V-6 models) check for a… trail of dry coolant starting above the stat housing at the seam between the head and the block. Answer also I know on chevrolets atleast the ones I have owned you might want to check your heater coil it is probbly under your dash board near your glove box just something else to check (MORE)
Bad venting system and possibly an untrapped, or dry trap on the shower's drain. Does this envolve a bathroom addition?\n. \n. \n Answer \n. \n. \nsounds like something is improperly vented...or your traps siphone due to improper distance between the elbow and downpipe
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 coming 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. (MORE)
What could be making the terrible smell under the house which is not a dead animal not sewage but a sulfur like strong onerwhelming dirt smell?
Answer \n. \nIt is probably a dead shark.\n. \nI had this problem so i went under my house and found a rotting bees nest. If you have ever been to hanmer springs in new zealand, there are hot springs there which have a strong sulphuric smell. There are also thousands of bees there. While the bee…s do not cause the smell, they certainly make it worse. Look for any traces of bees under and around your house and spray contaminated area/s with water and sodium bicarbonate, which will neutralise the smell. (MORE)
The piping has soap scum build up along with other debris like lint and then bacteria starts growing cause the odor . . To properly clean the lines one should water Jet NOT snake the lines to restore full flow and remove the deposits .
Why would there be a sewer gas smell in the basement drain in the laundry room even when water is being used all the time?
I would wonder if there is a break or blockage in the sewage pipe line. . May be the floor drain in the laundry room is without 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! (MORE)
I take it , the cat in question is a male, if so ,all he is doing is marking his territory. It may be your couch or your pants leg that you bought , but to him, it's his!!!!! Get him fixed, that will help alot!!! I know this is quite silly (answering my own question ) but my cat was in fact neute…red at the time he was doing this. We were very worried because he started to urinate blood! He had cystitis which is what male cats can get. He's fine now, but I highly recommend taking your cat to the vet ; if he urinates all over the house when he is neutered, its possible he has cystitis. (MORE)
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 ejector pump is, but you might want to update that as well.
Because there may be sewage in it, or worse. Call a plumber. Floor drains and washing machine drains are often drained into sumps. Grey water from these sources will begin to smell if not regularly flushed with more water and pumped out. The best way to eliminate this is to seal the sump with …a clear cover so you can view the water levels. This will also help with other potential indoor air quality issues like radon gas. I also recommend an inspection plug to allow for manipulating a stuck pump float. Also if you have flood in the basement pulling the plug will provide a quick drain for the water. You can view a photo of a cover here... http://www.indoor-air-health-advisor.com/radon-mitigation-system.html (MORE)
a place were they keep disgusting waste water. it is also known as a liquid waste which can be found in gutters
Febreze works well for smoke, I would try that. A lot of febreze smells better than fish.
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. This will fizz up but freshen the pipes.
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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 drai…n, 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. (MORE)
I found the exact spot my cat urinated on and I placed a kitty litter box in that area.Yes, I did have a couple of boxes around the house, but at least kitty pee wasn't all over my floor.
Why does a bad sewage smell come from a bathroom sink in the house after we run the water in the kitchen sink to do dishes And it doesn't always happen..but does when the water runs awhile?
There are two possible causes here. Either your sewerline has a slight blockage causing the smell. Otherwise your sewerline is not venting properly, however this would only happen unless a new installation has been done, because you would have noticed it before. My recommendation would be to get the… sewerline checked and it may need to be rodded or flushed out with a high pressure hose to clean it properly.. There is a possible third answer. If there aren't many occupants in the house or, the house is quite large for the number of people actually living there, or possibly the occupants travel often then the "p" traps(curvy pipe under the sinks below the drains) could be drying up allowing sewer gasses to vent from the drains. If you haven't spent the money on a plumber yet, then try pouring a quart of water down the offending drain first, if that solves the issue then you have saved the cost of a plumber, No offense to plumbers. (MORE)
Why do you get an intermittent smell of sulfur- damp starting in upstairs bathroom spreading across landing and down into hallthe house is 4 years oldthe smell doesn't eminate from toiletsinkshower?
Swer gases can back up in any drain that has a dry trap, one that is not often used. Make sure water is run into drains at least once a month. It is also possible that you have a disconnected sewer vent pipe hidden in your walls. This would allow the sewer gas to enter your living space air. Some mo…dern buildings have been built in a great hurry. Some plumbing fittings, mainly PVC fittings, have not been glued and can come apart. (MORE)
Sewer may be backed up; something too big for the pipes could have been flushed, there could be a clog somewhere in the pipes and the water can't get through..Or maybe the piping was just done incorrectly and as a result, you get to smell what you just flushed for many pleasant weeks..
Damage, a broken or cracked pipe, a blockage or partial block would all cause waste material to back up, fester and smell, a faulty u bend may also be to blame. Your drains may just need a dose of stong cleaning fluid, or something more serious such as high pressure water jets or repairs, phew....
Sewage smells like sewage it stinks Answer: At the sewage plant sewage has a wet heavy odour like animal waste it i not entirly unpleasant and is easily acclimatized to, Texts refer to this aroma as earthy, farmlike or even goatish.
The answer depends on exactly what you mean and where you are. A common meaning is that the main drainage from an area is not separated into surface (basically rain-water drainage) and foul (domestic waste water). In modern housing developments only foul water is treated so surface and foul waters a…re kept separate. (MORE)
The smell is caused by the fact that the water in the trap has dried out. All you need to do is pour some water down the drain periodically to prime the trap. Simply do this every time you smell sour gas. Alternately, you can pour some mineral oil down the drain (perhaps a pint or so) and leave it a…lone. This will keep it permanently sealed as long as you don't use flush it out with more water. (MORE)
Not necessarily as some systems do have a storm water piping to keep soil and waste separate from storm
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 membrane becomes dry after ingesting certain foods. Possible foods triggering this: - diary - certain additives or extract…s 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. (MORE)
You could have a venting issue with your venting system, or a blockage with your main line. Your toilets dump alot of water all at once. Try to visualize all that water hitting a closed bubble of air in the pipes--that is why they could all be flushing oddly.
Sewer line is clogged or collapsed. With a septic tank, it may need to be pumped out.
Hi i live in a mid terrace house and both our neighbors smoke and the smell comes into our house even with windows closed so how can we stop the smell coming into our house.?
There's something about vinegar that gets rid of smoke smell. Because the smell of smoke is caused by the leftover resins and tars, vinegar (an acid that cuts through resin and tar) is a great way to clean those surfaces that aren't made of fabric, and perhaps, some that are fabric. I know what you…'re thinking; vinegar doesn't smell much better than smoke. Well, that's true, but the smell of vinegar eventually diminishes, cigarette smoke doesn't. (MORE)
For basin drains shower and kitchens use a cheap bleach. It is effective, cleans everything, and smells hygienic. Regular cleaning is the key. Also, take the plug apart and clean the inside. A lot of hair, dust and stuff gathers over time. A real good clean out will do a lot.
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. (MORE)
All drains stopped up after inadvertently flushing large glass chunks from Shop-Vac down one toilet Now all drains in house are backing-up What is the best remedy?
Open up the main drain (inspection cover in the driveway) and remove the blockage manually.
The drain from the toilet to the main drain is plugged and the branch to the shower is not. If the main floor toilet flushes, it is between the two toilets and not between the house and the sewer.
My friend 'josh' thinks that by adding water to hot wax ( that is alrady on fire) will cause the fire to expand. Will this happen? Help me to prove this idiot wrong.
You need to take a sample for analysis. There is no way we could speculate.
Put Them In The Litter Box Over And Over Again Till They Stop And Clean The Litter Box Daily.
There is a technical sanitary procedure for the waste disposal or as sewage system, it applies on a Sanitary Disposal System or Recycling System, where waste flows & stored in a big disposal basin or pit where there are layers of filtration applied to filter wastes , these layering ,such as soil, pe…bbles or stones, coal to absorb waste smell & comes out purified & free from smell, this is very common system in Septic Tanks or Pit System. (MORE)
Clean it out... Replenish the trap seal Or pour hydrogen peroxide in the drain to kill bacteria that can cause smells
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 then show you how to express your own pet's anal glands yourself. Normally a dog will naturally express the anal glands on the…ir 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. (MORE)
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 that's mixed with dirty water and mud and has been sitting for 2 months.... Yupp tastes good doesn't it
Perhaps a gas leak? The gas we use for cooking is originally odourless, but a smell is added during manufacturing to let us know if there is a leak, and this smell is most commonly sewer-like.
It may not have a P trap on it -- If the pipe is going trough floor -- the P trap may have a hole in it -- which is letting the seal of water out --
because god clearly went to the toilet in your gutters, either him or a cat
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 trap 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. (MORE)
areate it. this will increse the bacteria levels which will consume them selves and be gone providing new sewage isnt continually added
Make sure the sewage pipe is in good repair and has NO leaks thenextend it to a facility where the sewage can be treated (turnedinto good water by mixing it with air to let the good bacteriabreak down the sewage). It is possible to turn sewage into harmless, good products and tomake the water clean …again. This is a natural process (otherwiseall the water on earth would be bad) and it is possible to makethis process happen faster using waste treatment methods. (MORE)