pee smell from toilet


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Old 09-04-09, 03:08 PM
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Red face pee smell from toilet

Hi All,

Another stranger question from me....

We live in a 4 year old house; our toilet up in our master ensuite would intermittently gives off this old urine smell, even though it's clean. We cleaned out the whole surrounding area and that didn't help. There hasn't been any leaking around the base.

Any suggestions how we could get rid of the smell.

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Old 09-04-09, 06:48 PM
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Pour water down any shower/tub/floor drains. Sometimes the water will evaporate in them and allow smells back up. If it kkeps happening use a flashlight to see if the traps (down in the drain) have water in them. If not they may be leaking.
 
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Thanks, Tolyn. We use the toilet and shower everyday; so there should be water in the trap under those drains, right? The only thing is that we hardly ever use the soaker tub, do you mean the trap under that might have dried up? We could try pouring some water in that. Hopefully that works.

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Old 09-04-09, 09:08 PM
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Originally Posted by oyuen View Post
The only thing is that we hardly ever use the soaker tub, do you mean the trap under that might have dried up?
Yup. That would be the first place I would start.
 
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Thanks, Tolyn. It looks like you're right. It's been 2 days since I poured water into the bath tub; and I haven't noticed the smell since.

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I hope you solved you problem. Dried out traps will cause a "sewer" odor.

Most plumbers will tell you that if the odor was actually a urine smell, it is ALWAYS caused by someone "missing". Often an elderly man or young boys in the house. Once urine actually gets into the bowl and flushed, that even if there was a leak somewhere, it is so diluted that odor may not be noticed at all, just the water leak.
 
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Old 09-19-09, 10:22 AM
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I agree with 594tough. A dry trap will allow sewer gases to enter the room. They do not smell like urine.
If you have a urine smell around the toilet it's either from years of misses or from backsplash. The backsplash occurs when the water level in the bowl is too high and some of the urine stream splashes onto the floor.

Try dampening the area around the toilet and see if the smell returns.
 
 

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