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The pump is installed under a set of stairs and vented into that same space. There is an odor coming from the vent. Was it installed incorrectly? Should it vent out doors?

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Yes it should have been vented either into a filter or through a vent in the side of your house or through your roof ..... kind of like a dryer vent
your probably smelling musty/mold

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