04:43AM | 01/24/03
Member Since: 01/23/03
1 lifetime posts
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
1 lifetime posts
Smells like sewer odor. Whay do you think this is happening?


07:13AM | 12/13/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1626 lifetime posts
Me office1
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
Click to reply button
Inspiration banner


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply choose button


Post new button or Login button

To test the boundaries of small-footprint living, interior designer Jessica Helgerson moved her family to a 540-square-foo... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled mudroom will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat ... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR tiles are an affordable way to customize a carpeted floor covering for any space. Make anything from runners to wall-... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... Dark wood shelving and a matching upholstered bench keep this closet sleek and refined. The large window brightens the sub...
Follow banner a
Newsletter icon Flipboard glossy Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss icon