COMMUNITY FORUM

jep130

07:02PM | 09/28/11
Member Since: 09/28/11
1 lifetime posts
Bvbasement
We recently moved into a townhouse that has a finished basement, a main and second floor. When we open the door to our deck on the main floor, we smell a rancid, gassy like smell in the stairwell to the basement. The smell doesn’t come into the main floor and doesn’t go into the basement area. With the door to the deck closed, we don’t notice the smell. We also don’t notice the smell with a second floor window open and the door to the deck closed.

The basement and stairwell had carpet which we thought was the problem but it was removed about two months ago and the smell remains.

At the bottom of the stairwell to the right is a furnace room and under the stairs is a storage area. Neither of these areas has the smell. We’ve had the gas water heater and furnace replaced. Both installation people didn’t know what the smell was.

At the bottom of the stairwell is a full bathroom with a whirlpool tub which we’ve never used. We have used the shower. The bathroom appears to have been added at a later date, the house was built in 1985. Nothing in the bathroom has an odor like the smell. We’ve smelled the drains in the sink and tub, the openings in the whirlpool tub and the gap between the tub and floor.

As an experiment, we closed the bathroom door and put a towel on the floor. No smell with the door to the deck open.

We then opened the bathroom door and plugged in the drains in the sink and tub. We noticed the smell.

We then put the towel in front of the gap between the tub and floor. We noticed the smell in other areas of the basement that never had the smell.

There is an access hole for the tub in the furnace room which I checked. There was no smell evident when I opened it.

I cut a new access hole in a closet on the other side of the tub and didn’t notice any smell. The concrete floor had been cut to install the drain then the hole refilled. I don’t know much about plumbing but there isn’t a vent pipe directly attached to the drain pipes that I can see.

We have a dropped ceiling so I also checked that above the bathroom, nothing unusual. We have a humidifier in the basement that doesn’t collect an excessive amount of water, so I don’t think it’s a moisture issue.

I haven’t checked to see if the smell is noticeable when any other main floor windows are open.

Does anybody have any ideas of what this smell could be and why we only smell it when the door to the deck is open??

Any idea of how to get rid of it??

Thanks for your help.

BV005480

02:56PM | 08/27/14
Hello

I would like to know if you have solved this problem. We have a similar problem - sewer smell in the lower basement stairwell area. But only occasionally, and only on days where the A/C is running. It occurred to me the stairwell is where most of the moves within the house, and the smell is not necessarily coming from the stairs themselves. I have replaced wax rings and the cleanout plug, no effect, and we also have a whirlpool we don't use (but we frequently shower there). And it never smells in the bathroom anyways. I have an appointment next week for a smoke test to try and pinpoint the problem.

Sorry I am not able to help - Thanks.
Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

Even though Halloween is past, pumpkins and gourds make great table decorations. That includes white pumpkins, too!  Here,... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled entryway will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR carpet tiles are a simple and affordable way to customize a floor covering for any space. You can make anything from ... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... The vibrant green of Granny Smith apples make a beautifully natural alternative to the traditional evergreen wreath. Brigh...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon
 
webapp2