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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Re: Odor coming from bathtub
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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I would guess so because there should not be an odor coming from your vents and if it is worse when the heat is on there's a chance something literally crawled up there and died! I always wanted to say that not referring to peoples butts. lol But all kidding aside. You would be surprised at the little critters that can find there way into your venting system. Or just organic material that has gotten in there somehow and decayed. Best of luck tracking down those oderiferous emanations.
There are a couple of things that can cause this odor. But, being sure it's really a gassy odor is more important. It must smell like "rotten eggs" to be gas. If that is the odor you're smell, turn the heater of and contact an authorized Rinnai dealer for service.
If however the odor does not meet the "rotten egg smell", there are other things that cause the odor, but it's not really from the heater.
If you have painted or stained within the last 2 weeks, the heater has picked up the odor of the fumes (which you probably didn't notice) and has made time 50 times worse. The same holds true for carpet cleaning or new carpeting odors. If this fits the scenario, discontinue using the heater for a week or two until the odors subside. In the meantime, if weather allows, air the house out. Also, remove and clean the heaters filter, before restarting the heater,
I hope this helped you to troubleshoot & solve the problem.
I once solved a problem like this -- it was the bathtub drain which had no P-trap on it. This could fit your situation -- when the drain is snaked there is less waste to produce odor. When the line gets sludge in it again, the odor returns.
No p-trap means the odor can come up thru the line with nothing to stop it.
Has anyone checked to see if all fixtures have p-traps? One way to investigate, if you can't see the plumbing, is to run drain water somewhere in the house and see if you can hear the drain water running when you put your ear to each of the plumbing fixture drains.
You would probably have to run the drain water from a fixture which is "in front of" the fixture you are checking so the water would run past it on the way to the main drain.
Hi Jenny - I had a terrible smell coming from under my sink, and I too thought it was a dishwasher/garbage disposal drainage issue. I used vinegar, baking soda, bleach and hot water on a daily basis. When I cut out the wallboard from under the sink and the smell got even worse, however, there was no sign of any water leaks or evidence of a dead animals. Come to find out, when I had a "friend" cut out a pass through from my kitchen (above the sink) into the den, he cut the pvc exhaust pipe and didn't re-route it nor cap allowing the fumes to escape outside via the attic. Thus, the fumes had no place to go other than down. The smell confused me because I thought it was rotten food or most likely a dead mouse trapped between the wall. The smell was actually causing me to get headaches. It's been almost 24 hours that this was repaired and I already can "smell" the difference. I hope this helps! Good luck.
smell usually come from motor over worked, possibly under powered( check to make sure you have a110 volt, supply and not perhaps 100, possible bad start capacitor eminating small as well, its mounted either to the motor itself or on the back wall just below the water valve assy