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l.bro
Sewer Smell

Hello there,

It smells like sewer gas. Unbearable. I live on third floor triplex. How do I locate where the problem is?
Or who do I call to identify the problem?

Thanks for helping. Truly.

keith3267
Re: Sewer Smell

You could call a plumber. The problem could be in the stack that vents the waste lines. You should be able to see this in the attic and it should go through to the roof. Sometimes several vent lines come together and go out one stack, a broken joint would leak the gas.

Another cause could be that instead of a vent stack, you have one of those inside vents near your sink. It would likely be in the vanity cabinet. If the seal went bad, it would need to be replaced.

If you have a floor drain, or a shower or sink that is not used often (laundry sink?), the drain trap maybe drying out and letting the gas into your apartment. Just run a little water down the drain now and then.

bill
Re: Sewer Smell

One of the best ways to check is with a smoke test. This is done by experts. they come in and block the main drain and the main vent on the roof, and any other openings. Then they pump in smoke from a smoke machine like they use in Hollywood movies. If they is an opening you will see it shortly. In my area the companies charge about $220.

Re: Sewer Smell
l.bro wrote:

Hello there,

It smells like sewer gas. Unbearable. I live on third floor triplex. How do I locate where the problem is?
Or who do I call to identify the problem?

Thanks for helping. Truly.

Are you renting or do you own the place? It is best to first seek advice or to inform your landlord/landlady or care taker of the premises then he/she will do the job for you.

Regards,
George

l.bro
Re: Sewer Smell

Can a plumber do this smoke test?

bill
Re: Sewer Smell

Yes some can,but most plumbers are not as good as people who do this all the time. bill

Banterers
Re: Sewer Smell

As other people in the thread stated, you should find a plumber that can do a smoke test.

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