07:35AM | 05/04/99
My basement always smells like a sewer.
Whenever I open up the main trap, I feel the
wind blowing and a smell coming out of it.
It seems that this smell is leaking out of
the trap. How can I fix this ?


10:12PM | 05/04/99
There should be some water down in the trap which acts as a barrier to escaping gas. Sometimes when it has been dry for a long time the water in the trap will evaporate. Try pouring a few gallons of water down the hole. This should fix the problem until next time it drys out.


06:28AM | 05/05/99
I too had a similar problem. My plumber installed an adjustable ball. When i get water in my basement the ball compresses to let water out, and when it is dry-the ball keeps the smells out. Works like a valve I guess. Either way the smell is gone.


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