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|Sewer Odors In Your Home? Here's What To Check|
Sewer Odors In Your Home? Here's What To CheckHaving sewer smells in your home is more than unpleasant, it can be a symptom of a serious plumbing problem. If you notice sewer odors in your home here are some things to check:
1. Dried Out Floor drain trap. Without water to block the sewer gas from, odors will enter the room. Pour water down the drain to refill the trap.
2. Missing Clean-out Plug Inside the Floor Drain. Remove the grate that covers the drain and make sure there's a drain plug inside the drain bowl. If the plug is missing, sewer gas will be able to bypass the water trap. A replacement plug can be purchased at most hardware stores.
3. Unused Toilets. When toilets are unused for a long period of time water in the trap can evaporate. Flushing the toilet will refill the trap.
4. Worn Toilet Wax Ring. The wax ring seals the toilet flange to the toilet base. If the wax ring leaks, sewer gas will escape from under the toilet. If the ring is broken, the toilet will need to be removed and and the wax ring replaced. If the toilet is loose on the base, shims can be used to ensure that a rocking toilet doesn't break the new wax ring.
Other possible causes of sewer odors include a broken or cracked sewer line or, less frequently, a loose pipe joint in an interior wall. If you've checked all the possibilities above, M/R Plumbing can help you track down the cause.
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