I recently had a bathroom installed in a newly constructed one bedroom
apartment. Ocassionally I will smell strong gases or odors coming from
around the toilet base.
The shower and sink are also connected to the same main sewer line which
drains into a septic tank. Toilet, sink, and shower are vented. There are
no ordors or gases coming out of the shower floor drain or the sink drain.
I'm wondering if the a wax seal was not installed or not installed
properly when the toilet was being installed? Or could there be another
There is no "house trap", the septic tank vents gases up through the house
Either the house vent is plugged, check for a bird nest or squirrel that
fell in, or the seal is bad on the toilet. You may want to invest in a
"mushroom cap" that stops things from falling down the vent while still
allowing it to vent gases properly.
On Apr 22, 7:17 pm, gregmichaels5_at_gmail_dot email@example.com
You're on the right track. I would remove the two bolt heads that
hold the toilet in place, diconnect the water suppply and drain the
tank by flushing (before removing the bolt heads) and then remove the
toilet. Buy a new wax seal before doing this. You might want to buy
a extra thick seak, just in case. The old seal should show definite
signs of deformation if it was sealing correcctly. There are a lot of
videos on the web about doing this.
I suppose it's unlikely, but you might also check to see if there is a
hairline crack in the back of the toilet, somewhere, also. Strong
smells would probably be more indicative of a wax problem, as noted,
than through a hairline crack.
An observation and solution: I have a toilet in an unused/remote
area. When I've forgotten about it, the water evaporates from the
bowl, enough for sewer gases to emerge. At times, it had taken me a
while to figure out why the mystery odors seemed to come and go, when
my first thoughts didn't take into consideration this unused toilet,
until I realized what was enfluencing the fluctuations in the odor
prevalence. I discovered the smell was more noticeable when the
outside winds were strong. I, now, try to remember to give this
toilet a flush, occassionally, to catch the problem before it presents
itself. With the absence of an air tight system, mystery odors, as
this, may be more noticeable when the outside winds are up.
Years ago my toilet had strange, untraceable odors. I finally checked
under the rim with a mirror and found that at the back of the rim, the
holes where the water comes in were clogged with lime build-up. I used
a small nail to remove the obstructions and the problem went away. I
guess mold and bacteria were living back there, undisturbed by the
cleansing water flow.
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