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If you had a really disgusting sewagey smell in one area only of your house ...

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FarleyD Wed 10-Apr-13 22:56:21

who would you call to investigate! The smell is in our en suite. It comes and goes. When it comes it usually lingers for a few days. This time however it has been here for at least a week and smells even more disgusting than usual. There are no signs of anything being blocked or leaking. The smell is nowhere else in the house.

Is this a job for a plumber? Or, if not, who could I contact. Grateful for any advice, can't go on holding my nose for much longer. TIA. smile

jelliebelly Wed 10-Apr-13 22:57:46

Sorry cant help but I have EXACTLY this problem - how weird..

ELR Wed 10-Apr-13 22:58:59

Me too.....

ghosteditor Wed 10-Apr-13 22:59:00

Comes up the drains - get your outside drainage checked!

FarleyD Wed 10-Apr-13 22:59:14

How's your nose holding up jellie?! Is it in your en suite too?

trixymalixy Wed 10-Apr-13 23:00:35

Sounds like a blocked drain.

thebestpossibletaste Wed 10-Apr-13 23:01:48

Have this problem too, in the kitchen though, it seems to be only when the dishwasher is running. Don't know what to check or who to call out.

DiscoDonkey Wed 10-Apr-13 23:02:07

Must be an ensuing thing we have it too. Dh pretends not to notice but that's because he doesn't want to pay to have someone come out

FarleyD Wed 10-Apr-13 23:02:08

Ghost - by someone like Dynarod or a normal plumber?

DiscoDonkey Wed 10-Apr-13 23:02:28

Ensuite thing

monsterchild Wed 10-Apr-13 23:02:42

could be a blocked drain, or, what it was for us, is the first sign that the wax seal on the toilet is going. The sewage smell comes and goes then just stays, and then, the seal breaks. Ours did anyway, call a plumber, or if you're handy, replace it yourselves.

trixymalixy Wed 10-Apr-13 23:03:04

Dynarod cost a fortune. Look up drain clearing on and find someone cheaper.

FarleyD Wed 10-Apr-13 23:03:25

But would there be any signs if it was a blocked drain? Smell has been coming and going for about two/three years.

Sort of glad to know we are not alone!

TeamEdward Wed 10-Apr-13 23:03:26

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

jelliebelly Wed 10-Apr-13 23:04:51

Only in our ensuite and seems to come from the shower drain. Comes and goes before I ever get round to getting someone iin to investigate. This time it's been a few days though - was thinking of calling dynorod.

fusspot66 Wed 10-Apr-13 23:04:58

And would your en suite by any chance have a macerater ? We have a stinky en suite but DH can't smell it till it's dreadful.He searched online for advice and now we unplug macerater by removing fuse and fill toilet bowl with bleach till it flows into the macerater unit and leave it all day. Helps for a while. Then i smell it again & he can't and the niff builds up till bleachy time again (monthly). Of course correctly fitted they should be odourless. I too wonder who could fix it?

FarleyD Wed 10-Apr-13 23:06:03

Yes TeamEdward, I did favour that explanation for a while. Then the smell started appearing (does a smell appear?) when dh unfortunately had a cast iron alibi. So I switched suspects and blamed ds2, but even he has now been exonerated! smile

Thanks for replies by the way.

monsterchild Wed 10-Apr-13 23:06:49

I'm in the US, so I don't know if UK toilets have a wax seal? I'd think so, but I could be totally wrong!'
If you don't know what I'm talking about, it's the connection between the toilet and the drainpipe

MinnesotaNice Wed 10-Apr-13 23:07:04

We had this problem in the kitchen. Picked up some drain unblocker from the supermarket and that seemed to fix the issue.

Tigerbomb Wed 10-Apr-13 23:07:47

If it's a blocked drain, phone your water company first. The law changed a couple of years ago and now most drains belong to the water companies.
Seven TRent came out to mine after our toilet blocked up and said that it was the drains (which were in our garden). they unblocked them free of charge

jelliebelly Wed 10-Apr-13 23:08:48

I've spent a small fortune on drain unblocker but nothing seems to shift it - probably would've been cheaper to call someone in the first place!

FarleyD Wed 10-Apr-13 23:09:25

No macerator*fuss*. I'll have to go seal inspecting monster, haven't noticed anything. If any of you fellow sufferers discover the source of the problem and how to cure, will you report back? I will also report any success or otherwise!

FarleyD Wed 10-Apr-13 23:10:30

Yes I've tried drain unblocker too.

CarpeVinum Wed 10-Apr-13 23:12:22

It's drains. I don't know if you can get them over there, but there are little teabag things full of....stuff...that you can flush down and they do something magical with bacteria balance (or something like that) and make the whiff go away.

I'd try your hardware store and see if they can suggest something like that.

FarleyD Wed 10-Apr-13 23:15:51

I like the sound of magic teabags, can you drink them too?!

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