vent pipe frosting over - Smells like sewage

Old 01-31-05, 02:43 PM
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vent pipe frosting over - Smells like sewage

Howdy folks, from Maine.
For the past 2 winters whenever we have long stretches of below zero weather (for example a week or more), my vent pipe blocks up with frost which causes sewage smells in the house.

This problem coincides with the summer when I added a ridge vent in the house. my house is about 25 years old and I was getting ice backed up and icicles growing, so when i had the roof re-shingled, i put in a ridge vent. No icicles, but now I have this smell in cold weather.

I have to crawl up on my snow covered roof and take my hockey stick and knock the frost off the inside of the vent pipe.

Besides purchasing a $300+ product from (a Canadian company) and cutting the vent pipe and wiring power, etc…

Is there a simple solution to this problem?
Is there something I can do to fix this rather crawl up on my roof and knock the frost off?

Old 01-31-05, 03:28 PM
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If you can get to the vent pipe in the attic. just wrap a heater tape on it inside is all . It works. You dont say what size it is could you make the part out the roof bigger next summer


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