Return to the Plumbing Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
septic or plumbing problem?

Posted by rschreiber (My Page) on
Tue, May 1, 12 at 14:33

We have a strong urine smell coming from heater vents/switch plates along the middle section of the entire length of bottom floor of our house. It began when our septic system was re-piped. We have had the septic company out but they can't find any leaks. Cleaned out vents as well. Not rats, no cat, children gone, outside house sealed of openings. We live in SF Bay Area and the house is 20 years old. This has been going on since December--help--it wakes us up at night as the smell wafts through the air....


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: septic or plumbing problem?

Heater vents and switch plates do not emit sewer gas or urine smells. I would suspect a dead animal behind the walls. That can give off sweet almost urine type odor in the later decomposition stage. It's time for you yourself to crawl under the house and use your nose to find the center of the issue.


 o
RE: septic or plumbing problem?

I've heard that insulation can give off an odor too. Did they do anything related to that? Or, if they didn't seal an air entry just right, could you have air "wafting" through your wall insulation and through switch plates bringing the odor?


 o
RE: septic or plumbing problem?

What exactly do you mean by re-piping the septic system?


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Plumbing Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here