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    DIY Junior Member allycat's Avatar
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    Default septic/ rotten egg smell in/outside new house

    We just built a new home with a drilled well and septic, and most days for a brief time we get a strong septic smell outside, and a smell that is more like rotten egg or something going bad inside the kitchen, in the corner of the house to the right of the sink. That corner is also the same corner of the house from which we can smell the odor outside. The neighbor's house is on a hill above us, and their septic pipe is about 100 feet up the hill in the same area, above this cursed corner of our house. And the breeze always travels from their pipe downwind toward the corner. So it would seem that we are smelling their pipe, but does this explain how a slightly different odor would be creeping inside our house? The inside corner is where the vent for our range hood is, so it seems that the air might be creeping into the kitchen that way. If you have these smells in your house, will a plumber be able to determine where they are likely coming from? And if the smell is coming from their pipe, what can we do?

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    have the city health inspector visit both propertys. something,s wrong and you wan,t to document this. it,s your health and property value.

    your neighbor may need some leech field work. the health dept. will be the bad guys not you! good luck

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    thanks for your reply! my husband finally talked with the neighbor - they have a pump-up septic system because their septic system is higher than their house, and he said the pump failed the day they moved in, but has now been fixed. So hopefully that was the cause of the odor, and we haven't smelled anything for a week or so now, but your idea is a good one and I appreciate the response.

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