04:43AM | 01/24/03
Member Since: 01/23/03
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We have a newly build house, and there is a rank, rotting smell that comes from the sump pit. When the builder comes out during the week, they (claim) they can't smell it, but it gets worse when we spend time there all day on weekends. Could it be the hay on the land (there until they can plant grass in the spring) rotting into the groundwater? Any other ideas? Also, what might one do to eliminate or mask the odor - we've tried bleach down the sump hole, and a constantly running dehumidifier....


08:26AM | 12/12/06
Member Since: 12/11/06
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Smells like sewer odor. Whay do you think this is happening?


07:13AM | 12/13/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1558 lifetime posts
Masking a foul odor is not the greatest idea as this could be a sign carcinogenic fumes from a sewer may be entering the home (ever look up sick building syndrome?)

A smell is normally a warning sign of much bigger problems and rather then use a spray to cover it one ideally would find the source.

There are several tests a licensed Master plumber can perform to check for sewerage fumes, venting problems , bronken waste or sewer piping, missing traps etc.

(sewer gases are highly dangerous)

So rather then use an air freshener I would start to find the culprit before someone really gets sick.

Ever think to have the water tested by a lab or the board of health?

Plumbers do protect the health of the nation Prevention is better then trying to find a cure huh?

Good luck


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