Topic: Unit has 1 bathroom and it smells like sewage

Sherry Tompkins's Avatar Topic Author
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Update: Forgot to post the outcome! It was the flange! Thank the good lord! Lol…thank you everyone!

Question: Maintenance on PTO and I am trying to avoid a plumber if possible. This unit has 1 bathroom and it smells like sewage. I have checked the drains and they are clear, the p-traps are not dry because there are 3 occupants using 1 bathroom and I checked the clean out just in case. What could be causing this?
Posted 4 months 4 days ago
Libby Spencer's Avatar
Libby Spencer
Check floor drains in utility closet and by washer and dryer
Posted 4 months 4 days ago
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Ramon M Garcia
Heavy use for the toilet could be wearing away at the flange, if it's not sitting correctly and holding the water, the sewage smell could be seeping out from the wax ring area or if bowl isn't holding enough water it could be coming back up through bowl
Posted 4 months 4 days ago
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Chuck Minning
Wax ring on toilet?
Posted 4 months 4 days ago
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HuPerkins Christa
Run a small plastic drain cleaner through the sink and then run hot water for 10mins
Posted 4 months 4 days ago
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Adrianne Luper
Could be caused by several issues. Vent stack could be cracked/damaged allowing sewer gas in. Could be an issue in another unit connected to this unit and this is where the smell is coming to. Could me a city main line issue (though more units would probably have a problem if it was)
Posted 4 months 4 days ago
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Chuck Minning
Or could be the line is clogged and needs to be snaked
Posted 4 months 4 days ago
Sherry Tompkins's Avatar Topic Author
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Thanks so much everyone! I actually thought about the flange and then dismissed it. I will pull the toilet and replace flange. Fingers crossed!!!
Posted 4 months 4 days ago
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Brenda Snow Hammett
Just had this happen to a toilet. The flange was installed at a tilt so it wore out faster smell was very light until the toilet was pulled then it was much stronger
Posted 4 months 4 days ago
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Amanda Starch
Do you have plank in your bathroom? If not sealed right water can get underneath and smell horrible!!!
Posted 4 months 4 days ago
Gene Bennett's Avatar
Gene Bennett
Molding hair in the sink drain
Posted 4 months 4 days ago
Laura Renaldo
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Laura Renaldo
Have had this problem in my house for 3 years!!! Wits end. Pretty sure it’s a busted pipe under the concrete subfloor. Super frustrating.
Posted 4 months 4 days ago
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Bonnie Sarah Marie Tinsley
Get a new synthetic wax ring. Easy to replace with 2nd set of hands.
Posted 4 months 4 days ago
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Melissa Block
RESPECT to you doing everything you can before thinking of calling out a contractor.... so many would say not my job in today's world. This is my I love PROPERTY MANAGEMENT it's where all the die hard good workers end up such great support surrounding us all.
Posted 4 months 4 days ago
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Marylin Evans Alexander
Had this problem in townhouse style property- cracked sewer pipe under the unit in crawl space.
Posted 4 months 4 days ago
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Patrick O'Flynn
Not in the bathroom but your condensate drain/stand pipe could be dry allowing smells to come up from the main.
Posted 4 months 4 days ago
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Manuel Vazquez
Sounds like a cracked pipe somewhere
Posted 4 months 4 days ago
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Rachelle
First, I would clean the sink P-trap you cannot believe what I have pulled out of there and it was stinky.  If that's not it and the unit is on the bottom floor, you could have a cracked or broken sewage pipe in the crawl space, I have that happen a few months ago.  

Good luck.
Posted 3 months 3 weeks ago