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05:50PM | 01/23/02
Member Since: 01/22/02
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We have an interior bathroom that has a weird odor that is getting stronger everyday. Even though the smell did not resemble methane, the toilet base was loose, so I dug into that and found the beeswax seal was broken. I replaced that, but frankly the smell seems like it is either coming from the walls or the fan or ac vents. I have checked the vents, no luck. It is an interior bathroom, so I do not think an animal has crawled into the wall, I am out of options. An AC guy is coming on Friday to see if he can help me....any thoughts?


08:23PM | 01/23/02
Member Since: 11/16/01
301 lifetime posts
Dear Bucky,
First, what does the smell resemble? Sewer gas does not always smell like sewer gas. Check the traps under your basin and/or tub. If they are leaking they are allowing the odor through the traps; or they simply evacuated themselves. I've had situations where a trap leaked under a basin and the resulting mold under the cabinet smelled like methane. What I would do is clean the entire bathroom and wait a day. Then on my hands and knees, peform a "sniff test" around all suspect areas.
Good luck,
P.S. It could be a mouse. Those little buggers can get into the darndest places. I've actually drilled holes in each stud bay before I found them.

[This message has been edited by Iceman (edited January 24, 2002).]


04:42AM | 01/24/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1674 lifetime posts
I'll share 2 experiences:
I had a flying squirrel get into a wall through the attic and die there.
I had a very slow drip under a pedestal sink that was rotting the floor where you couldn't see it. Didn't find it until the smell was noticeable.


08:04AM | 01/24/02
Member Since: 09/01/00
312 lifetime posts
Hi Bucky,
Besides what has been mentioned,I've run into odor problems if water stands in ductwork,aluminum stud material,and other metal.Unfortunatly,this odor resembles a dead animal or rotting garbage.Let us know what the outcome is.

[This message has been edited by Matches (edited January 24, 2002).]


04:20PM | 01/25/02
Member Since: 01/22/02
3 lifetime posts
Update: AC guy came, could find nothing. I have searched everywhere and found nothing but the funny thing is that the smell is starting to go away. After replacing the beeswax on the toilet, bleach out the ying yang down the drain and toilet (no tub in this room), maybe I hit upon something or maybe the dead "thing" has finished decomposing...??? Thanks for all your thoughts and help. I keep you updated if I actually find something!!!



05:51PM | 02/16/02
Member Since: 01/22/02
3 lifetime posts
OK, we still have the smell, brought plumber out, $500 later, the smell is still there. One theory is that someone painted over wall paper 2/3 yrs ago and the chemical breakdown is causing the smell. Anyone ever heard of such a thing?


12:11PM | 02/24/02
Member Since: 11/16/01
301 lifetime posts
Dear Bucky,
After the e-mails, I'm out of ideas. But for Merlin, Have you ever wondered why, when you left the bathroom, the smell disapears?


08:32AM | 01/31/03
Member Since: 01/30/03
2 lifetime posts
We have foul smell as well. Maybe that time of year. Especially by the look from this subject last year.

We too have a foul smell coming from upstairs master bathroom. What we did:
1). We did a thorough cleaning.
2). Discovered area around toilet was soft.
3). Pulled toilet...found water damage extending through both 1/4" and 3/4" subfloors fortunately ceiling was okay--Whew!!
4) We replaced subfloors and wax ring.
5) Still had smell so 3 different plumbers suggested several ideas.
6). Removal of toilet and recheck of flooring, replaced wax rings, poured bleach down sinks, shower, tub, sink overflow, A/C drain tube and the list goes on.
7) $1400 later we are no closer to solving smell problem. Today, we cut through ceiling from the downstairs directly under toilet and that has yeilded no leads either. Anyone want to venture a guess. We will take anything else at this point.
Steve and Tawnya


01:29PM | 02/07/03
Member Since: 02/06/03
8 lifetime posts
If you have a septic system you should check the vent that goes from your septic line through the roof. It should be a 4 inch pipe which vents gases from the lines. Sometimes birds or squirrels will build nests in them trapping the odors which then escape wherever they can inside the house. I use a piece of old pantyhose leg to close up the top of the vent and keep critters out. Seems to work...


03:16PM | 11/29/17
I also am experiencing an smell that is predominantly in an under the stairs closet adjacent to bathroom wall which has the bathtub behind. The pipes appear fine and clean but can see under bathtub through wall in the under stair closet. There is soil under the tub and a methane vinegar death-like smell that appears to be coming from it. Noticed after replacing the tiles with ceramic around the tub/shower. Any ideas re some bacteria in that soil and if so how would i disinfect it? i guess i could vapor barrier and drywall it in but probably not the best option. Cannot smell in bathroom it self.


03:08PM | 02/14/18
I’m experiencing the same issue. House is 4 years old. This bathroom isn’t used very often, and the smell is coming from underneath the sink. I’ve paid a plumber to come out and tell me that the pipes are clean, no sewer gasses are coming through, no leaks, nothing. He had no idea what was causing the odor. I have taped off the sink drain and overflow as well as the holes in the wall where the plumbing comes through. An hour later, the smell is stronger than ever. And as someone else above has experienced, the severity of the odor comes and goes at random. This bathroom is also next to the master bathroom, and it has zero affect in that bathroom.
Just wondering if anyone figured it out? What’s the cause/solution?


05:45PM | 04/02/18
I live in a condo...and the weird odor is coming from a interior bathroom. We have check everything, even mold. what is this order.


08:53PM | 08/16/18
I just read this and we are experiencing the same exact thing. Sour nasty smell that is weak and strong other days but always there. I get sick when I go in, chest hurts, throat hurts glands hurt. I’m ready to rip open the bathroom walls. Animal control said it can’t be an animal or it would produce flies, plumber said nothing leaking. Hvac guy says vents clear. I want to cry.


11:37AM | 09/17/18
ever heard of the peppermint test


10:53PM | 10/11/18
We have the exact same smell in our master bathroom and can’t figure out what it is or where exactly it is coming from - has anyone been able to find a solution??


10:22AM | 10/21/18
Oh joy, the same issue here. I hoped for an answer but I guess not. Foul order started a month ago and comes and goes. Toilet is solid, floor does not appear wet. No smell under house or anywhere else in home other than what drifts from bathroom. I have had mice die and smell bad for a time but not this long. Tried vinegar in the toilet tank and smell seemed less for a couple days but it is back.


07:21AM | 10/24/18
Well I will share what seems to have worked for me. I poured white vinegar down the tub, sink, and sink over flow. I have not had the stink come back yet. I used about half a gallon.


10:16AM | 11/29/18
We have the same problem, I’m going to try vinegar down the drains next, bleach did not help.


10:00AM | 01/13/19
I have had a Phantom odor for months on a 60 year old home I purchased a year ago. Have spent more money than I care to think about trying to solve and track it down. New year eve the bathroom flooded after the plumber that I call had replaced the wax ring (second time within 9 months) thinking the seal was failing and causing the odor, which it was not. The plumber took full responsibility for the leaks...he did not check the hose from the wall to the tank and that is what caused the leak. Bottom line I had someone come out and remove the drywall directly below the toilet and down the wall. The odor from the drywall once the wall was opened was what seemed to me to be a sickening sweet odor what they believed caused this had been a slow leak possibly due to the flange not being correct height (to high). Day 2 the odor that had been traveling throughout my house appears to be gone?? The funny thing is the room directly under the bathroom where the "bad drywall" was had no odor. Now having the area tested for mold. We figured the odor was traveling in the wall along the ductwork to the other areas. I understand what you are going through and thought I would just throw this out there. Good luck...


03:13AM | 01/26/19
I also have a horrible smell in my main bathroom. It started about 6-8 weeks ago. It smelled like sewer! There was no doubt in my mind that it smelled like a nasty, wet sewer. After dealing with that disgustingness, the sewer smell started to turn into smelling like a dead animal. That also went on for about another two weeks! It smelled the worst over the toilet, but we had just replaced it! How could a smell be coming up passed the water? Just didn’t make sense. I had so many people telling me about the trap! I checked it and nodda! Finally, I pored bleach down my sink and bathtub drains. It smelled heavily of bleach for about another week or so and then it all disappeared! Yay! Still have no flipping idea what the heck the smell was or where it was exactly coming from. As soon as I thought it was all over, then came all the black flies! Yep, tons of them. I couldn’t tell you where they are even coming from. It has to be a drain, it just has to be. There is no other way!
Clearly an animal, (I assume rat or mouse) climbed up my pipes, got stuck and died in my pipes in my bathroom. I still have no idea where! I’ve watched in the bathroom to see where those flies came from, but none surfaced. Only when I left the room!
Now, I know for a fact there is a dead animal but I do not know how to get it out! I am hoping it will rot away enough and wash away! However, being that it has already been 2 months, I doubt that will ever happen! I either have to leave it or find it and clean it out! Yuk!!!!

Anybody else have this issue??


01:53AM | 04/19/19
Yes. I put sulfuric acid don't pipes. It bubbled up and smelt rea lbad after that. I have pouring vinegar but does nothing. I am gonna change toilet as wanted different one anyway. I think it is honestly back up of all household pipes and smell comes up in bathroom sink.


02:54PM | 11/03/19
Our master bath has a strong, sour vinegar odor coming from the cabinet housing the garden whirlpool tub. We have performed every check and remedy thus far. Our house is 13 years old. A home inspector suggested the drain pipe hole going under the concrete may not have been properly covered by the builders. It wasn't so, at his suggestion, we covered the area with sand instead of the alternate spray foam. We cleaned all the wood, flushed the tub jets twice, and cleaned very conceivable thing in sight. No effect! We're thinking of selling!


01:45AM | 11/16/19
I have the same problem. I live in a 40-50 year old apartment. Check your vent pipes on roof and your drains where your plumbing leads to. The landlords here have not kept up maintenance and bought the property for cheap probably because they are due for expensive repairs. Get an air purifier. Open windows. Above all, get the source of the problem fixed and have someone look inside your walls and pipes and on your roof.


02:07AM | 11/16/19
I just started smelling this pungent no go away smell and am most convinced is a dead squirrel but as most of you it seems---it has to do with pipes or sewer lines. Perhaps we need city officials to see what's up. This is horrendous. I just bought this place too. 4 months ago. Who do I call 1st? Exterminator or Plumber- I know no one am a 1st time hm owner too. Did I buy a lemon?


03:42PM | 01/10/20
Just started experiencing this problem in my half bath two or three days ago where it smells like a dead animal I open up the window to let the stink out because I thought it was a dead mouse or something and I did the sniff test on my knees and I don't smell anything so I'm thinking it's more than likely to stink pipe with an animal stuck in it from the roof like one guy said it's getting too cold now and Ray need to go out there so I really don't know what to do at this point but I'm not going to go up without a stocking to cover the hole with.
Say there is a dead bird or animal in there how in the hell do I get them out?


03:44PM | 01/10/20
Excuse the typos please I should have proof read it before I sent it


04:16PM | 01/12/20
Well I had the same problem as far as the owner goes and it lasted well it's still going on actually but it's dissipating and my theory is and I must mention I live in a ranch first but I believe that a mouse somehow fell between the wall studs and died because the smell is weakening and there's no way in hell that I am going to drill holes into every section in between the studs to find a dead mouse


04:17PM | 01/12/20
As far as odor goes not owners sorry about that I should have proof read


04:19PM | 01/12/20
I retract my first statement regarding the stink pipe due to the thickness of it (having said there's a dead animal in there).
Unless of course there is a crack in it but mine is made of cast iron


08:15AM | 02/18/20
This thread has been going on for 18 years! We too have a strange smell. It’s not sewer or dead animal. We have had wildlife people (that we contract with because of previous rats in attic), plumbers, roofers, and more plumbers.
We’ve had the wax ring replaced, smell still there. We resorted to testing for mold, the found small amount on insulation behind vanity wall so was professionally remediate. Still the smell is there. All pipes have had cameras put down - nothing found. We are now resorting to a full gut to the studs, including ceiling. Every professional we’ve come into contact has asked for us to let them know what we find - if we find the source because they are stumped. This problem has been going on for 10 months and we are ready to have our bathroom back in service.


09:25AM | 02/18/20
This thread has been going on for 18 years! We too have a strange smell. It’s not sewer or dead animal. We have had wildlife people (that we contract with because of previous rats in attic), plumbers, roofers, and more plumbers.
We’ve had the wax ring replaced, smell still there. We resorted to testing for mold, the found small amount on insulation behind vanity wall so was professionally remediate. Still the smell is there. All pipes have had cameras put down - nothing found. We are now resorting to a full gut to the studs, including ceiling. Every professional we’ve come into contact has asked for us to let them know what we find - if we find the source because they are stumped. This problem has been going on for 10 months and we are ready to have our bathroom back in service.


09:25AM | 02/18/20
Oops. Sorry for double post.


07:21PM | 02/26/20
Did anyone ever find out what the odor was? We are experiencing the same issue. Wax ring was replaced, however we still have a foul swear odor coming from our half bath.


04:46PM | 03/03/20
i am also wondering if anyone could help as in the same boat.
me and hubby have noticed today a smell in the bathroom the only way i can explain it is the smell of raw chicken. its late here now and just gone in there and the smell is even stronger ive smelt the sink toilet and bath etc dont seem to be coming from there.

any suggestions..please help

Leo Alfie

07:00AM | 03/06/20
Member Since: 03/03/20
31 lifetime posts
We are also facing such type of problem.
we take many experiments but in vain.


10:38PM | 03/08/20
Member Since: 03/08/20
1 lifetime posts
For me, this issue turned out to be a dead rat in the wall. She had climbed up between the sink drain and the framing. It was nice and warm for her next to the hot water supply. I had to open up the wall and remove her and the insulation in which she was imbedded and which had absorbed the odor.


10:47AM | 03/10/20
I’m having a foul odor problem bathroom and kitchen share the same wall. But only odor is in the bathroom idk what to do at first we thought it was the toilet but nope and then the sink we’ve poured baking soda and vinegar still is horrible.


09:02AM | 03/12/20
Could it be worth checking and cleaning drains and sewers?


05:36PM | 03/16/20
What does one do when dirt appears in shower drain?
We’re guessing it is caused by a mole or salamander, but how do we repair/stop this?


05:45PM | 03/16/20
I should have said the dirt is in the shower knob.

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