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Rotten Egg Smell In Basement

Rotten Egg Smell In Basement

Gema 2 years ago Subject: Sewage/rotten egg smell in home We bought a dream home newly remodeled all interior, new kitchen, new bathrooms very nice. When we moved in and we dicovered a bad smell sewage/rotten egg smell only in the summer mostly when the air conditioner was on. I was having an issue in my home of a sewage/rotten egg smell only on the 2nd floor when the air conditioner was on and the smell traveled through out the house. After spending alot of money on plumbers, experts and heat & air conditioner companies. No one could find the problem. We spend alot of money trying to figure it out. We had air ducts cleaned, 2 new coils, 2 new furnances, upgrated to 24 hour water softner, this year new water heater and rotted out the main sewage drain thinking it was that. Then next expense would be purchasing 2 new air conditioner units to figure if that could be it or I had a sick house. We were disappointed of spending money and the still have a smell problem. My husband decided to do an investigation himself through out the whole house from roof, attic to basement and he is no expert. I don't know if this can be a problem in your home, but one of our vent stack pipes was near two return vents in the bedrooms. This year my husband went on the roof and with a hose ran water down the vent stack pipe to figure out if there is a leak or its clogged. This process can cause water damage in your home. We discovered a water leak in the basement. We tracked the water leak. My husband ripped open the wall in our 1st floor bathroom guessing to find something. The bathroom is right above where we discovered the leak in the basement and right above the bathroom are the two bedrooms. It turns out that there might have been a cabinet sink before and who ever remodeled did not cap the sewage pipe that connected to the sink and that pipe connected to the stack pipe and that was causing the smell and my return vents were right next to it. When the bathroom was remodeled they added a new type of sink, pipe setup and left the old stuff there in the wall. We bought the house remodeled so had no clue of this. This has been a headache for all these years trying to solve the problem. My husband capped the pipe we have had no smell. It ended up being something simple and no camera would have found it. Now we have to spend money on fixing the wall and painting the bathroom. I am writing this information because it may help someone having a similar problem. It is difficult to detect a sewage smell in a home and this was the problem in my home. We were lucky to find it and guess, otherwise we could have torn several walls in the bedrooms to find the leak. I am so happy we finally fixed the problem. replyto Gema
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Rotten Egg Smell In Basement

Generally, if we are talking about a smell in your basement, it usually isn’t a pretty one. What you smell may be mold, mildew, cat urine (or feces), dead mice, or sewer gas. If you have an older home, there is a good chance you battle with water in your basement, which leads to some of these problem smells. Even if you have a sump pump installed in your basement, it may not be enough to combat mold and mildew. You may also have blockages in plumbing, drains, venting, or heating systems. Here, I will go over some of the major culprits of basement smells and offer suggestions on how to fix or lessen the problem.Mold and MildewMold and mildew are caused by the growth of bacteria that arises with unchecked and stagnant moisture. Mold and mildew can grow slowly over time, or rapidly if you have a major leak. Mold has an unforgettable tangy, earthy, smell of decomposition. Mold is always in the air unless you live in an extremely arid region. The more moisture, the more mold. Basements, being underground, can become moist though cracks in walls, windows, plumbing, condensation, etc.Many people are allergic to mold and may notice an increase in symptoms after a rain. The best way to deal with mold and mildew is to have your basement as dry as possible. Invest in a dehumidifier, seal any leaks or cracks the walls or floors, or invest in gutters so that rain drains away from your house.Depending on the age of your home and how well you and previous owners have kept up maintenance, you may always have a slightly musty smell to contend with.Getting rid of mold and mildew usually entails throwing out carpeting, furniture, or any absorbent materials such as fabrics and cardboard. Then you will need to clean thoroughly with a diluted bleach solution (10 to 1 mix).Smaller items, when placed in bright sunshine for a couple of days will often lose both the smell and the mold.Sometimes, if the problem is severe enough, you may need to look into professional remediation.If your furnace and vents haven’t been cleaned in awhile, you may have a build-up of dust, debris, dead bugs and mice, and of course, mold. You should have your vents cleaned every one to two years.Sewer GasIf it smells like poop, rotten eggs, or garbage in your basement, you have a big problem. Sewer gas is an overpowering smell that is also toxic and in the right amounts – explosive. Sometimes the odor may only be present when the house is closed up and the heat or air conditioning is on.The smell is created by a build-up of waste materials found in either a public sewer system or in a septic system. Plumbing is meant to keep the gases inside the pipes, so if you are smelling sewer gas, you may have a clog or a crack in the plumbing system.You may also have a clog or crack in your venting pipes. Most homes usually have venting pipes that are part of your plumbing that poke through your roof. Venting pipes are not for exhaust, but for intake of fresh air. When a lot of enters a drain pipe it pushes air in front of it towards your sewage or septic system. The vents replace the lost air.You may be smelling sewer gas as a result of plumbing fixtures whose traps have gone dry. For example, if you are going to be away for awhile, you may want to have someone flush your toilets for you. Water evaporates quicker than you may think.Sewer gas problems can be very serious and will likely require the help of a professional. One of the best detection methods professionals’ may use is having smoke forced through your plumbing/septic system.Cat UrinePungent and pervasive. I doubt there is anyone alive who doesn’t know the smell of cat urine. There are plenty of products out there that claim to kill the smell, but you will likely end up going through a similar process as with mold.You will often need to tear out any wood or wallboard that has been sprayed. Throw out everything that has the smell attached to it. Baking soda spread liberally and vacuumed up a few times will also help. The use of Kilz or stain on well-cleaned walls or wood will also help.Dead AnimalsLastly, you may smell something with a sickly-sweet smell of decomposition. You may have dead mice or bats in a crevice or wall. Unfortunately, unless you are remodeling anyway, time is the only cure.
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Rotten Egg Smell In Basement

We bought a dream home newly remodeled all interior, new kitchen, new bathrooms very nice. When we moved in and we dicovered a bad smell sewage/rotten egg smell only in the summer mostly when the air conditioner was on. I was having an issue in my home of a sewage/rotten egg smell only on the 2nd floor when the air conditioner was on and the smell traveled through out the house. After spending alot of money on plumbers, experts and heat & air conditioner companies. No one could find the problem. We spend alot of money trying to figure it out. We had air ducts cleaned, 2 new coils, 2 new furnances, upgrated to 24 hour water softner, this year new water heater and rotted out the main sewage drain thinking it was that. Then next expense would be purchasing 2 new air conditioner units to figure if that could be it or I had a sick house. We were disappointed of spending money and the still have a smell problem. My husband decided to do an investigation himself through out the whole house from roof, attic to basement and he is no expert. I don't know if this can be a problem in your home, but one of our vent stack pipes was near two return vents in the bedrooms. This year my husband went on the roof and with a hose ran water down the vent stack pipe to figure out if there is a leak or its clogged. This process can cause water damage in your home. We discovered a water leak in the basement. We tracked the water leak. My husband ripped open the wall in our 1st floor bathroom guessing to find something. The bathroom is right above where we discovered the leak in the basement and right above the bathroom are the two bedrooms. It turns out that there might have been a cabinet sink before and who ever remodeled did not cap the sewage pipe that connected to the sink and that pipe connected to the stack pipe and that was causing the smell and my return vents were right next to it. When the bathroom was remodeled they added a new type of sink, pipe setup and left the old stuff there in the wall. We bought the house remodeled so had no clue of this. This has been a headache for all these years trying to solve the problem. My husband capped the pipe we have had no smell. It ended up being something simple and no camera would have found it. Now we have to spend money on fixing the wall and painting the bathroom. I am writing this information because it may help someone having a similar problem. It is difficult to detect a sewage smell in a home and this was the problem in my home. We were lucky to find it and guess, otherwise we could have torn several walls in the bedrooms to find the leak. I am so happy we finally fixed the problem.

Rotten Egg Smell In Basement

Rotten Egg Smell In Basement
Rotten Egg Smell In Basement
Rotten Egg Smell In Basement
Rotten Egg Smell In Basement

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