Smells like...? A new game. Unfortunately.

Category: Daily Diary

So, we had a smelly basement and thought we had fixed it. We felt so clever. So superior. So...naive.



Why I can smell things before A can or even when he cannot, I have no idea. Luckily, other people do. Otherwise, A would think that I was a complete nut.

We've been pouring water down the drains more than once a day. We have tried vinegar. We have tried bleach.

There is no stopping the Smell.

The basement floor is concrete and definitely has settled under some of the support beams. I imagine that the pipes that run the length of the house (and to the sewer under the street) are made of clay. The drains closer to the gas-fired steam boiler seem to be worse than those further away.

That's all I can figure out.

Anyeone in home improvement land know what we can try? I just hope it isn't anything requiring digging up the basement.

And just in case you thought only human adults were capable of "the yuck face"...

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Have you checked the vent stacks? If you have a clogged vent stack, that might be forcing odors back inside the house, even though your traps are filled with water. Have you checked for pinhole leaks in your drains? Our home has cast iron drainpipes that I have to constantly keep an eye on for pinholes from rust. When we first moved in, we also experienced the basement odor, but filling the traps with water did the trick.

Have you checked out I did a search under the plumbing category for "sewer drains" and tons of questions and suggestions about odors and smells came up in the results.

The pipes that compose the traps for the floor drains are more likely to be cast iron and may have leaks in them allowing the water in the trap to drain into the earth under the floor. If you can remove the drain screens, you could try using expandable rubber "test plugs" to stop up the drains. These could be easily removed should you ever need the drains to clear a flooded basement.


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