Fix to Sewer Odors in Your Home or Condo
we offer an easy solution to the all-too-common problem of sewer
odors that come from infrequently used sinks, toilets, and floor
drains, particularly common when a home has been unoccupied for a
lengthy period of time.
most likely cause, and the easiest one for a simple homeowner fix,
is a water trap under a floor drain, laundry tub, wash basin, or
toilet that has dried out from lack of use. Water in any trap
under unused drains will eventually evaporate, then allowing sewer
gas to come up through the drain into the room.
can solve that problem simply by dumping a pitcher full of water
into each drain to restore the trap water. If you follow that up
by pouring a couple of tablespoons of cooking oil into the drain,
the floating seal of oil will keep the water from evaporating for
a much longer period of time. Easy fix to a bad odor problem!
refilling all drain traps doesn’t solve the odor problem, other
much less likely sources of sewer gas odor that may require
professional attention include a 1) bad toilet wax ring, 2)
missing sewer clean out plug, or 3) cracked or broken sewer vent