Sewer Smell

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by FedUp, Nov 11, 2005.

  1. FedUp

    FedUp New Member

    Nov 10, 2005
    I'm not sure if this is the correct forum for this question or not, but I'm really curious about something and hope that someone can provide me some guidance. I work in a 4 story office building and the bathrooms located on the first floor smell horribly of sewer that seems to worsen as the day goes on. We've brought this to the attention of the management company on multiple occasions and they don't seem concerned - Other than the horrible stench and embarrasment for our visiting clients, is this something we as a tenant should be concerned about? Is there anything that can be done about it? Can anyone offer any insight or any kind of resolution that I might be able to offer the management company? Thank you!
  2. plumber1

    plumber1 Plumber

    Aug 7, 2005

    I'd be fed up too.
    Go in there again and look. There should be a drain in the floor and it may be dry. When there is no water in it to seal then you are going to get a smell.
    Just for the heck of it, you could take a cup or glass and pour water in the drain.
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  4. toolaholic

    toolaholic General Contractor Carpenter

    Jul 16, 2005
    Repairing and remodeling homes
    Marin Co. Ca.
    good call plumber

    there should be a small stainless steel door in one of the walls. this is for a trap primer. it adds water to the floor drain . no door? ask the plumbing inspector if he or she would be kind enough to visit. worth a try.
  5. Cass

    Cass Plumber

    Nov 12, 2005
    I have come across several traps that had plenty of water but stunk to high heavens. The cure was to put a cup of bleach in the trap. No more stink. It is more likely that the trap is dry as Plumber1 stated.
  6. pipeguy

    pipeguy New Member

    Nov 11, 2005
    Call the health department and request an inspection. A fine might be the only thing the PM will respond to.
  7. bigrebnc1861

    bigrebnc1861 Plumber

    Nov 19, 2005
    Kannapolis N.C.
    I would go with the first option check to see if they have floor drains, if so pour water down it, even if it does have a trap primer I would wash the floor drain down, because the trap primer might be messed up and need replaceing.
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