I know a couple of bloggers who if they were to check their search engine terms will find “smelly pipes” in the list. Not particularly dazzling as far as outrageous double entendres go, I’ll admit. Lately, however, we’ve had stinky sinks and putrid pipes. The search for solutions continues. (I am ambivalent about alliteration, by the way.)
One writer alarmed me with talk off explosions and the need to seal doors and air leaks. It didn’t help that his Plan B was to mortgage the house in order to afford a professional plumber. The more I read of his post, the more frustrated I became. The author was clearly enjoying this bit of creative drama and I wanted answers, damn it!
Another site was more helpful and considerably less dire in tone. This author provided instructions for dealing with “dry P traps”. Normally, water sits in the curved portion of the pipe and creates a seal so that sewer gas will not back up into the room. That might be the problem since there is no P trap on the stand pipe in the laundry closet. Reiner poured bleach down the pipe all the same, and it made a bit of a difference for a day, but the smell has returned.
Why are we having trouble all of a sudden, though? It makes me think that maybe the vent pipe on the sewer line is plugged. You know what that means. It means that we will try any number of solutions until “we” are forced to haul out that ladder and climb up to the roof to inspect the vent for a bird’s nest. The same ladder and same deck and same roof of broken ribs and a dislocated elbow.
It has been such a damp and cold spring. The furnace is still running. I haven’t opened windows to let fresh air in the house. I am ambivalent about that, too, since it’s easier to sleep without street noise and warm air.
However, I may open windows in spite of the damp and chill. The house sure does need to have the “stink blown off*”.
*I quote my Dad. “Turn of the TV, go outside, and get the stink blown off!”
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