(206) 949-5683, Top Rated Plumber, Seattle
Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: Terrible sewer smell from one tub

  1. #1

    Default Terrible sewer smell from one tub

    Hello everyone!

    My house is a little over 1 year old. We have a septic tank with a float that pumps out into the county system as needed. We have 2 shower/tub inserts and 1 shower insert. The least used of the shower/tub inserts has a terrible smell coming from the drain. It is the same smell we had noticed a few times after we first moved in and the pump on the septic tank wasn't working correctly. It seems to be working now because the yard isn't wet and the toilets flush fine. The smell has persisted for a couple months now without any noticeable septic tank issues.

    I can probably contact my contractor and have him figure it out, but I thought I might get an idea of the problem first. Any thoughts you might have would be greatly appreciated.



  2. #2
    Retired Defense Industry Engineer jadnashua's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    New England


    I think the term for what you have is a cesspool. A septic tank is part of a system with leach fields, and is normally self-contained sewage disposal system. A cesspool is a holding tank.

    But, that doesn't really matter for your question! If that tub isn't used on a regular basis, the trap can dry out. If that happens, it becomes a direct path to the sewer. If running water (only need a pint or so) stops the smell, that's the issue. But, if the tub drain is not vented properly, it can get siphoned dry quickly, and make that happen as soon as something else drains, pulling that trap dry. If you can hear water draining while carefully listening at the (when you're not using it!), the trap is dry. A less likely thing could be if the trap has a hole in it, but that doesn't happen too often.

    It's possible there's an accumulation of hair or other crud in the drain, and that's smelling.
    Jim DeBruycker
    Important note - I'm not a pro
    Retired Defense Industry Engineer; Schluter 2.5-day Workshop Completed 2013, 2014

Similar Threads

  1. Getting Rid of Sewer Gas Smell
    By RRGuy in forum Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & Tricks
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 02-16-2012, 01:45 PM
  2. Terrible Sewer Odors from sump pump
    By wishon1 in forum Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 03-03-2008, 10:35 AM
  3. Sewer Gas Smell
    By inspectorjimo in forum Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & Tricks
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 11-01-2007, 06:01 AM
  4. Sewer Smell
    By glendap in forum Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & Tricks
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 02-24-2006, 03:53 AM
  5. sewer smell from tub
    By LJS in forum Toilet Forum discussions
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-17-2004, 07:43 PM


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts