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Last updated 05/26/2021

News From the 

CAM Corner 

By Miles Locke


Easy Fix to Sewer Odors in Your Home or Condo

Today, 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.

The 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.

You 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!

If 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 line.

Miles Locke is the property manager for the Windmill Hill Homeowners Association in Waco, Texas. From time to time, he will offer insights from the experiences he faces with the community that he oversees.

The Condo News print newspaper is published every other Wednesday. It is circulated throughout Palm Beach County, from Delray to North Palm Beach, and from Singer Island, Palm Beach and South Palm Beach to Royal Palm Beach, in Condominium, Cooperative and Home Owner Association Communities. For more information, or to have the Condo News  brought to your community, e-mail us or write to: P.O. Box 15826, West Palm Beach, FL 33416. Tel:(561) 471-0329