Today I went downstairs and noticed that the bathroom down there had a
horrible smell. Like a sewage smell. We dont use the bathroom as we
noticed a year ago that the toliet leaked and the basment isn't
finished. We have been dumping the dehumidifer water down the sink
What could be causing this smell????
Which brings to mind a question. There was a rarely used building with
bathrooms & on a sewer system. When we went in there after months of
unuse, the commodes were empty & smelling. With the first flush there
was always a moderate "boom". Never did figure out why it did that.
DID you have beans for dinner last night? :)
If you have a sink, tub, or other drain that has not been used, the
trap is empty and sewer gasses are coming into the house. You must
maintain water in all traps.
You said the toilet leaks. Where is the leak, if it's the wax ring on
the floor, it only takes a small wind outside to push sewer gasses
under that wax ring and into the house. Assuming the leak is just the
wax ring, why dont you just replace it. It's not that difficult and
then you can use the toilet. Even if the toilet is cracked, they are
not all that costly if you just buy a cheap one, or find a good used
Are you on an ejector pump (overhead sewer) or is your main line below
the basement floor level? If your on an ejector and you rarely use
the basement drains, make sure the pump pit did not fill up due to
pump failure. If there is water in toilet then that should be ok.
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