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Odor coming from bathtub

I have recently noticed a horrible odor emanating from our bathtub inour basement. I plugged the drain to stop the smell, but I realizethat's only a temporary solution. I can still smell the odor in thebathroom, but not as heavily. Someone mentioned that the pipe on the roof that ventsall the gases from my bathrooms could be clogged. Another Internet searchsuggested that my fixtures may not be sealed, and they could be leakinggas. Help, please!!

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  • Hot Tip Sep 11, 2008

    I have similar problem the water in the "S" bend evaporates and lets the unpleasant odour thru the pipe.

    check that the odours are not coming thru floor overflow drain as in some older plumbing configuratins these are not fed with water via outlet drain causing the same odours.

    I have to manualy pour water in my floor drain pipes.

  • thejobes Sep 12, 2008

    Thanks, Harvey Master Plumber!! So you're saying that even though the bathtub is the main smeller, it's probably a toilet seal problem? If that's the case, I'll call a pro and have him come and fix it.

    Thank you for your help - it is much appreciated!


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What about a dry trap ? has the tub been used in a while, if not run water in the sink,tub and flush the toilit

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Hi thejobes

I'm Harvey the Master Plumber

It's been my expirience 99 times out of 100 that you'll find the culprit is a bad toilet to floor seal, better known as a bowl wax. Some handimen can do this replacement but I strongly recomend a pro. It is certainly better than the alternative. If you're unlucky to be that 1% and the bowl wax dosen't work then your problem is a cracked or brocken pipe somewhere.

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  • Harvey Goldberg Sep 12, 2008

    Thank you for your response.

    Yes, I'm sorry to say, this may be best diagnosed by a pro.

    Feel free contact me again!
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    Harvey your Master Plumber


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