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SgtRock

06:39PM | 06/02/05
Member Since: 06/01/05
25 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
My best guess in this is a plumbing problem, but maybe not.

Every night, from about 9:30 to 10:00 or so, we get a fishy smell in our upstairs hallway, which is near our bathroom. It's very difficult to locate where exactly it's originating from.

Help! I have no idea what this is. A clue might be (hopefully not a red herring) that the water to our downstairs bathroom is shut off b/c of a leaky toilet.

Any ideas what this might be?

Thanks!

RayVinZant

05:05AM | 06/09/05
Member Since: 08/29/04
227 lifetime posts
Smells can come from all sorts of problems. You could have a vent thats blocked, which forces sewer gas up into the home every time a toilet is flushed. If you have galvanized piping, you could have a broken vent inside the wall that is leaking sewer gas into the home. You could have a toilet that is not set properly and the gasket is leaking allowing sewer gas into the home. You could have mold growing inside the walls because of the moisture in the bathroom or a leak. You could have a dead rodent inside the walls. The list is endless. It will take some diagnostics on site to find the problem.

Raymond VinZant Plumbing Prof.

SgtRock

05:45AM | 06/09/05
Member Since: 06/01/05
25 lifetime posts
I will look into this. I think I'll have a plumber friend come over and take a look.

It's driving us crazy!

There is a bad seal on a toilet, but it's the one downstairs (another location) and we keep that door closed. I don't smell anything in that room.

We started running our air conditioning. (previously we ran no heat or air)

The smell came in the morning for the 1st time instead of at night once we did this.

????

mdj101

06:43PM | 06/11/05
Member Since: 06/10/05
3 lifetime posts
Hi There,

OK, your not very clear here. Does this happen when you run the air conditioning unit or other "high load" appliance?

A fishy smell is most commonly caused by the burning or melting of the outer casing of high current electrical cables. Its often the case with electric showers, cookers or air con units. I would get an electrician to test these units and the connections in your home asap.

Regards,

Mark

SgtRock

07:15PM | 06/11/05
Member Since: 06/01/05
25 lifetime posts
Like I mentioned, we just recently started running the air conditioner and only then the time changed when we smelled it.

We don't notice a correlation between the smell and running anything else.

A friend told me yesterday that some of the new freons smell like fish when mixed with certain gases, and that we might have a leak that is mixing with something else (I forget the technicals) and when the house decompresses the smell comes through one of the vents.

I'll try to get them all checked out.

SgtRock

07:21PM | 06/11/05
Member Since: 06/01/05
25 lifetime posts
Could that fishy smell come from the electric wiring from a hallway ceiling light?

mdj101

06:21AM | 06/12/05
Member Since: 06/10/05
3 lifetime posts
Yes it could,

Its not just the casing of the cables that can make the smell, if there is a loose connection and this is touching the plastic casing on a ceiling rose, switch or socket this can cause the plastic to get hot, its this that then releases the smell.

Check the ceiling roses, switches etc, and see if any of them appear to be warm, or unscrew the ceiling roses to check for burn marks / damage, remember to turn of the breaker to the relevant circuit first.

If you are unsure, then always consult a competant or qualified electrician.

Regards,

Mark

SgtRock

09:08AM | 06/12/05
Member Since: 06/01/05
25 lifetime posts
I will check that today.

Hopefully there is something a newbie amateur like me can find, otherwise I'll take your advise and get a qualified technician.

Thanks!!!

SgtRock

05:20PM | 06/12/05
Member Since: 06/01/05
25 lifetime posts
We narrowed it down.

It was the overhead ceiling light in the hallway.

Thanks to God our house hasn't burned down over these past 2 months.

Thanks again everyone!

mdj101

11:37PM | 06/12/05
Member Since: 06/10/05
3 lifetime posts
Glad I could be of help!

Regards,

Mark
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