outside odor smells like septic tank

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by dhop11, Nov 27, 2005.

  1. dhop11

    dhop11 New Member

    Oct 23, 2005
    i have an up hill septic tank(s) 1 holding tank 1000 gls and 1 septic tank 1000 gls when someone takes a shower or flushes toilet we have a bad smell at the back of the house i thnk it is coming from vent pipes on top of house but have never been there at that point to smell it wondering if any way to stop the smell ??
  2. Mike Swearingen

    Mike Swearingen New Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Independent Real Estate Broker
    On Albemarle Sound In Northeastern NC
    All sewer (methane) gas from septic or sewer systems vents through the roof.
    Higher hills, trees, buildings, etc. around your home, and/or the prevailing breezes, can cause an inversion from time to time that keeps the sewer gas down where it can be smelled instead of "blown away".
    One solution might be a higher vent pipe(s). Two feet higher might make the difference in your particular case. You'll just have to experiment.
    If your vents are plastic (black ABS or white PVC), it will be very easy to glue on a collar and extension pipe.
    Try that.
    Good luck!
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  4. dhop11

    dhop11 New Member

    Oct 23, 2005
    tried that but looked bad sticking up that high what about those studer vents people talk about would that work also? i have 3 pipes dont know which one or could be all of them.
  5. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    Studor vents let air IN, and you need the vents to let gas OUT.
  6. plumber1

    plumber1 Plumber

    Aug 7, 2005

    Just try extending the vent pipes, then you will know.
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