09:44AM | 09/16/01
Member Since: 09/15/01
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Hello, we are looking for suggestions on how to solve a problem with a terrible sewer smell coming from all 3 upstairs sinks, only when we run water. This problem began after we unplugged an upstairs toilet with a Power Plumber compressed gas tool. The downstairs sinks are fine. We've checked the top of the vents on the roof and there are no obvious problems. Thanks for your help!

Jay J

04:21PM | 09/16/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi dbrutke,

Well, I'm not there so please be patient.

If you've run water and after waiting a few minutes, you stick your nose in the sink drain and smell 'stinkies', you've got me stumped! P-traps and S-traps are designed to use water as a 'blocker' in preventing sewer gas from making its way into the bathroom. The only time I've seen this 'rule' broken is when the water in the trap has evaporated, especially after a long vacation.

So I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that the smell isn't coming from the sinks. Instead, it's possible that the wax ring has lost its seal on the toilet. If the wax is soft and got ****ed in a little by the power plumber, then you'll get a gas smell in the bathroom.

Also, you said you checked the vents on the roof. 'No obvious problems' is subjective. Did you use a flashlight to look inside the stack to see if a bird built a nest? Did you check the stack in the attic to see if there is any smell in there?

If there are other ideas on finding the source of your gas leak, I'll leave it to others. If, at some point, you finally fix the problem, PLEASE come back and tell us what you had done. It would be interesting to know.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God bless America!


03:32AM | 11/05/01
Member Since: 11/04/01
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sometimes it's the overflow in the sink.. pour simple green or cleaner down the overflow hole and try to scrub down there with a brush this is one area that smells like rotten eggs when water is turned on..


04:33AM | 11/05/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
Try pouring a little bleach down every sink and toilet in the house.


07:16AM | 07/31/08
Member Since: 07/30/08
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Oh my! this is so my problem and I have tried everything, same as you. did you ever find the problem. Please help!!!


09:34AM | 07/31/08
Member Since: 07/22/04
661 lifetime posts
i sure hope so.


07:43AM | 08/03/08
Member Since: 01/24/06
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07:05AM | 07/22/13
I work in Retail and i know how some people are as far as feeling entitled, I know the people with a lot of money always ask me to give them a discount and the people with little money would never even think of asking for a discount ( I am in the later catagory)


07:45PM | 08/16/13
Member Since: 01/24/06
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Jay for your information

" S-traps are designed to use water as a 'blocker' in preventing sewer gas from making its way into the bathroom."

An S trap is not allowed in a civilized plumbing code as it can self siphon which will cause a loss of the trap seal

I would think before you give plumbing advice you may want to know what part of the planet the people are from as giving advice contrary to good plumbing practices will only complicate their problems

Sewer fumes are not just from trap seal loss there could be a broken vent or waste line inside the walls in which case an oil of peppermint test may hel pin point where the problem exists
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