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Re: sewer smell throughout entire house

Posted By: Tony Snook
Tuesday, 5 October 1999, at 8:01 p.m.

In Response To: sewer smell throughout entire house (susan)

Two possibilities come to mind regarding your sewer odor. One possibility is that your roof vent is not tall enough. You should have a pipe about three inches in diameter extending through the roof of your house. This allows sewer gasses to escape and lets air in so gravity will work to let the drains drain. The vent works much like a chimney. It draws out gasses. If it doesn't extend above the roof line it simply will not draw. That's the easy thing to check just take a look up on the roof. If it's on the back of the house and isn't visible from the front, it's probably not high enough. Another possibility is you may have one of those inside vents that isn't closing completely. Look under the sinks and cabinets wherever there is a drain. There may be vents at those drains which allow air in so the line will drain and then close to keep out odors. They may not be closing. Good luck

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