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Sewer smell drain

We live on the 4th floor and we get a sewer smell during use especially after use. I have checked out acouple of other 4th floor toilets and do not detect the sewer smell. I can't live with this.

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Are there any floor drains in the room and an unused bathtub or shower? if so the water may have evaporated from the trap and allow the sewer gas smell. try pouring water into all the drains and see if it is still happening. more elaborate problem may be a broken vent stack in a wall.

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There may be something clogging the trap. You can try an applicartion of toilet cleaner, NOT ordinary drain cleaner to see whether the problem goes away. You may have to repeat the process a few times

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there is no air release. the vent must be clogged somewhere. you can take a hose up there and see if it drains all the way or floods over. since the tub drain has a trap and the toilet itself is a trap, there has to bee a good amount of air pressure coming up without a release. i would say an obstruction. possibly at the junction of the main and the vent.

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The wax ring would only help if the toilet wasn't sealed to the drain. Is the odor coming up through the toilet? If so then your water level must be low in the bowl, allowing the trap to be open to air. Make sure the little hose from the fill valve is dumping into the overflow. This helps make sure the toilet stays full, when refilling.

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