Bathtub Stinks

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by Duckie, Sep 16, 2005.

  1. Duckie

    Duckie New Member

    Sep 16, 2005
    To be honest from the start, I know pretty much nothing about plumbing, so please don't use any jargon that I won't understand! I am at the end of my rope, and my husband is driving me crazy! We have a septic system, and we're having a problem with our bathtub drain. It stinks terribly, all the time, no matter what. We have owned this house for only 2 months. The drain was very slow, so I went in the basement and found that right under the tub the pvc was in a loop. We bought an elbow, made it straight, thought that would be the end of it. Then this foul smell started. My hubby thinks the pipe comes down from the tub and goes straight to the septic... This pipe also runs to the bathroom and kitchen sinks, neither of which smell. Sorry this was so long, but does anybody have advice for me? I would appreciate it immensely.
  2. plumber1

    plumber1 Plumber

    Aug 7, 2005
    bath tub

    Was that a trap that you removed ?
    The loop may have been put there to hold water and that water is a seal so the drain won't stink..........
    Take it apart and run a snake through it, then put it back togather and run water to flush it............
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2005
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  4. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    It sounds like you removed the trap. A trap is sort of shaped like a p (well more like a c). That loop holds water that acts like a seal that prevents a clear line to the septic tank. Replacing it with just a 90 degree fitting IS the reason you have sewer gas coming into the house. This is both unhealthy and unpleasant. Replace it as soon as you can. Put tape over the overflow and drain until you do. It might drain well when you use it, but that could have been because the trap was clogged. My unprofessional opinion.
  5. toolaholic

    toolaholic General Contractor Carpenter

    Jul 16, 2005
    Repairing and remodeling homes
    Marin Co. Ca.
    I,m Keeping The Language Simple

    Call A Plumber
  6. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    You removed the trap and caused the problem. You will have the problem until it is repaired properly. Call a plumber because you do not know what a trap is and therefore may not install the new one properly.
  7. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    We love to provide support for Do-it-yourselfers on these forums. Most of us do DIY work at home on projects outside our own trade. What a country!

    But, cases like this make us understand why some states like Mass. have laws prohibiting homeowners from doing ANY plumbing work. Anachronistic in some respects, but you have charged in to something you did not understand, and you have exposed your family to toxic gases. Please get a plumber to fix this immediately.
  8. Kristi

    Kristi Tradesman Plumber

    Jan 27, 2005
    Tradesman Plumber
    Vancouver, BC
    I'm surprised that you were bold enough to remove critical parts of your drainage system if you don't know it's purpose... makes me wonder what other modifications you may be doing in the house!!! As everyone else stated: hire a plumber asap...
  9. macska

    macska New Member

    Dec 31, 2004
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