Re: Sewer smell in house is HORRIBLE
Posted by Deb on February 06, 2004 at 11:06:31:
In response to Re: Sewer smell in house is HORRIBLE
: OK, keeping it brief with the highlights. Two things, had my septic tank pumped in the summer because it back up in the drain in our laundry room. All seemed fine. Second, hot water heater busted and flooded our downstairs, before specialists were called in mildew smell was developing (bottom level is our main living area and it's a concrete slab). A month after the hot water heater incident, the smell started. We assumed it was mildew, but later agreed it was sewer gas. The more we used our heat this winter the worse the smell has gotten. I'm so bad I'm seriously concerned about lighting a match, much less living here. My husband is a good but busy man, I can't take this anymore please help me. He claims the smell is being sucked in by our heat pump. If so, why didn't it do it last winter? He also plans to extend the pipe on our house this weekend in hopes that will help. Please, any advice you can offer will be so appreciated. Sincerely, April

Neither incident should cause any change in the vents or p-traps--the parts of the plumbing system that keeps sewer gases out.
If it is really this bad I would advise that you call a plumber right away. This can be a serious health issue. And it may also NOT be sewer gas. I have been called out on alot of sewer gas calls that end up being something else. Plumbers have ways to check your vents for leaks (like smoke tests) and they can check your traps to make sure that the trap seal is bein maintained. There are only so many ways that sewer gas can enter a home.
The Pipewench

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