Faint sewage smell

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by kelly001, Aug 18, 2007.

  1. kelly001

    kelly001 New Member

    Aug 18, 2007
    We recently--past 8 months--bought the house we are living in. In the past few weeks, I've been noticing at times, some faint sewage smells. I noticed them in our second floor bathroom, in our kitchen sink and our laundry sink in the basement. All three are vertically aligned in the house.

    I noticed that when someone does number two in the bathroom upstairs and then flushes, you can very shortly after smell some faint sewage in the kitchen sink. The smells do not happen on a daily basis.

    We do not have any gurgling or problems with drainage.

    I just had the septic tank pumped and it didn't help the matter.

    What do you suggest? Try a deodorizer?
  2. Mike Swearingen

    Mike Swearingen New Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Independent Real Estate Broker
    On Albemarle Sound In Northeastern NC
    Traps are under all fixtures (toilets have built-in traps) to hold water to prevent sewer gas from entering your home.
    It sounds like you need to clear the main vent stack on the roof.
    If it gets partially clogged with a birdnest, leaves or other debris, it will cause this gas-preventing trap water to siphon out as the drain/waste/vent system drains water through it by creating other "vents" by draining traps and allowing sewer gas back in.
    Go up on the roof (carefully), remove all debris that you can reach by hand, and then flush down the vent stack with a water hose sprayer. If it is really clogged, you may even have to snake it from top to bottom with a heavy-duty snake, but that usually isn't necessary.
    Good Luck!
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  4. kelly001

    kelly001 New Member

    Aug 18, 2007
    How much should that throw me back to hire someone to do it?
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