stinking vents


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Old 02-07-07, 06:52 PM
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Question stinking vents

I have a big problem with some stinking roof vents. When I walk outside of the morning or afternoon I can smell a foul oder coming from around my house. This oder is just as bad in the front of the house as in the back. Everyone has told me that this venting problem is normal and that the vents are working since, they are in fact, venting out the smell. My biggest concern is, that I have just renctly built a deck on the back of my house and you can smell, the smell, pretty bad when your on the deck. What can I do? I have looked the yard over for a septic back up and can't find any signs of a leak. Also, stangly enough, my master bath sinks also smells when water gets in the drain. I don't know if this is part of my problem or not. All of the bathrooms in the house gets used. Please help! I can't stand this smell every morning when I go outside.
 
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Old 02-07-07, 07:02 PM
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Welcome to the forums. Unfortunately the vent stacks are doing their job. Just imagine if you didn't have them, what your bathrooms would smell like. There could be an issue if the vent stacks are not high enough, similarly to a chimney being too short. The pressure of wind blowing across the peak of your house could force the smells downward.
 
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Old 02-07-07, 07:05 PM
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Originally Posted by chandler
Welcome to the forums. Unfortunately the vent stacks are doing their job. Just imagine if you didn't have them, what your bathrooms would smell like. There could be an issue if the vent stacks are not high enough, similarly to a chimney being too short. The pressure of wind blowing across the peak of your house could force the smells downward.
Chandler thanks for the reply. Can I just extend the stacks? Do I extend up to the peak of the house?
 
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Old 02-08-07, 07:59 AM
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Hi Bran - most vent stacks are PVC, you can just extend it and see what happens. A better option might be to relocate the vent closer to the peak if you have access to it in the attic.
 
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Old 02-08-07, 01:50 PM
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I was looking through a plumbing magazine the other day and saw an ad for some charcoal type filters that you put on your vent stacks. They are called odor hogs (odorhog.com). I don't know anything about them, maybe someone else does.
 

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Old 02-13-07, 03:53 PM
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thanks guys for the help. I am going to try to extend the pipe to see if that works. thanks again.
 
 

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