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Old 01-04-2003, 11:28 AM   #1
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sewer stench outside - is there a plumber in the mud box?

Yesterday I noticed that the sewer line cleanout in the outside kitchen wall, behind my dishwasher, had a bit of wet mortar around it. There was no water inside the house and it was Friday at 5pm....time and a half for a plumber...ouch...it can wait. I used the kitchen sink and ran the dishwasher like always, no problem.

I checked on the cleanout this morning and found more of the mortar was now wet and the moisture was spreading into the brick. The worst part was the STENCH. PEEEE-EEEWWW! I checked under the sink again and still no water anywhere. I called my plumber and they seemed to think it could wait until Monday.

Is there a plumber in the mud box to answer the following questions:

Should I open the cleanout and leave it open?
Could I run down the street and simply rent something to snake through the cleanout and remove or destroy the problem?
If I wait until Monday for a plumber can I still use my kitchen sink and/or dishwasher?
I assume I can still use the toilet...
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Old 01-04-2003, 03:41 PM   #2
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Hi Theresa,

Unless I'm missing something, everything sounds normal. It's a plastic cleanout plug, right? It may need to be twisted a little tighter. What you are smelling is sewer gas. That's what lives in sewer pipes. You have p-traps on everything inside the house to keep the gas outside. It goes up the pipe and out the roof.
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Old 01-04-2003, 06:35 PM   #3
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If all the drains are working, I agree with JB. But for water to try to get out that cleanout, I'd think there was a bit of restriction below it. I think maybe I'd snake it out a little while I had the plug out to pewt some pookie (Pipe dope pookie in this case) on it so's it didn't wanna leak some more.

Prolly save you a plumber call.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Old 01-04-2003, 08:05 PM   #4
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Open it up and take a peek...
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Old 01-05-2003, 01:19 AM   #5
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After you get the clean-out tightened back up, a bleach / water solution will clean up any of the waste water that is still around. After the mess has dried, if you still hvae odors lingering, use vanilla to take care of it. They actually use vanilla in cars where people have "expired" to get rid of the smell. Should do well to mask sewar gasses.
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Old 01-05-2003, 09:59 AM   #6
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I took a peek and it was very wet inside, and there were lots of little dead bugs and what looked like silt - lots of silt actually. I'd guess there's a backup somewhere and the dishwasher must be forcing the water out of the plug. I'll see what HD has to offer for snakes and if it's too much money, then it will wait until next Saturday when my friendly, locally owned, non-chain, rental shop is open.


Thanks for saving me from a visit from the plumber (and letting me keep that money for the July entry way-utility room-pantry-kitchen-hallway ceramic tile floor project).
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So, Cruise, were you the one that axed the poor fellows in their cars, or were you the one that got to clean and deoderize?
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Old 01-05-2003, 01:33 PM   #8
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Axed them what, Cami? Like, how to git rid of this awful smell, or what?
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Here we go into Tangentville.

So Cruise, I'd like to know how you came into that bit of knowledge, too.
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The HD snake did the trick - after much shoving, turning, and a few choice words. Dishwater is flowing into the Tangentville sewer system again. No artificial flavors or colors added.
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Great. Take care of the snake. Every homeowner needs one -- also a plunger.
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Is this The Source, or what?
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Old 01-05-2003, 08:19 PM   #13
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After reading about Cleopatra, Vinny decided to use a snake, trouble was it bit him instead of his target.

BTW he uses vanilla laced with tomato sauce.
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Here we go into Tangentville.

So Cruise, I'd like to know how you came into that bit of knowledge, too.
I have an alibi!

My Uncle owned a towing service when I was a kid. For kicks, he'd take the kids along in the wrecker on impounds, tows and accidents.

The vanilla trick is one that he taught me for when the cars sit in an impound lot after a bad accident.

By the way Teresa, watch for a Tool Rental Center to be coming to a local Home Depot near you. It has been a major success in the 300 or so stores it's in now and will be expanding greatly in the next two years.
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