04:01AM | 01/11/04
Member Since: 01/02/04
11 lifetime posts
We have a basement that is 1/2 unprofessionally finished. When it is very cold out we get a smell that I say smells like wet carpet, my husband says smells like the septic system. It seems to only be on the finished side (which has a new 9x12 bounded carpet that is not wet). The septic system is in the unfinished side in the front of the house. The washer machine always has a slight septic smell when I open it, but never any water (we think there may be a block in the roof vent, but weather is stopping us from checking). I'm not convinced that the smell is from that though, seeing when I walk in that room the smell seems to go away. The funny thing is that the smell just came a day or 2 ago when the weather here got close to 0 degrees. I have noticed condensation on the basement windows. Do you think the smell is from the 9 x 12 rug, even though it isn't wet?? I'm curious to see if the smell goes away when the weather hits 30 degrees in the next few days. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.


05:36PM | 01/16/04
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
How much snow you got on the ground?Reason I ask is if it is getting cold out your septic lines could be freezing up,causing just enough of a back-up to make it smell.I bet if it got to below zero for a week straight (in daytime too) you'd be froze up.Then you need a septic man to come out and thaw your lines.Your septic could also need to be pumped.
My parents owned a Sewer business for 20 some years so this sounds like a start of either of these 2,a system needs to be pumped at least every 5 years.


02:48AM | 01/17/04
Member Since: 01/02/04
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Thanks for the response. It's cold here, but not for that extended period of time. Maybe a day or two strethch. Actually, I called the septic company that pumped my tank 1 1/2 years ago and the guy thinks its something called (ready for this), whorefrost. He said it happens when frost gets in the roof vent and it blocks it just enough to trap the fumes. He said you can smell it in any basement plumbing. They said they got tons of calls about basement smell. And, it actually does go away when it gets warmer (well, atleast above 0!)
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