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vent pipe

Posted By: Kary
Monday, 2 November 1998, at 3:30 p.m.

I've been renovating a very old victorian home. The former owner cut corners EVERYWHERE, and I've been re-doing things as they come up. I live in the attic floor---approx. 3000 sq.ft. of open space. There was, at first, a toilet against one wall in the wide openness of the attic. I enclosed walls around it, put in a sink and bath, and it seemed to work fine. Now, a year later, I'm beginning to notice a sewage smell occasionally. Thought there may be a leak, and opened up the floor a bit (large, heart-pine 1 X 14's) and found a dead end 4" pvc pipe that was open-ended and stuffed into a nest of insulation. I'm assuming this is the vent line, and it is what I smell on occasion, as I find no evidence of leakage. What can I do to prevent this smell coming back out of the vent? Thanks. (By the way, I wrote earlier about a roof leak problem, and your assistance was very helpful. I appreciated it very much!) Kary

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