terrible septic smell in bathroom!?

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Old 06-28-12, 06:44 AM
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terrible septic smell in bathroom!?

I had my septic pumped in november of last year. I got it most buried again, but not all. I'm a single woman who has my own home if that puts it into perspective lol
The bathroom in this house was built partially over top of the septic (something I will atttribute to the previous owner).
In the past, the entire house has smelt like septic before when there have been excess amounts of water (melting snow, heavy rain) and the water would pool around the septic. As soon as I would drain the water there were no issues.
Now, however, for the past 2 -3 weeks there has been a terrible smell coming from the bathroom. I removed the side cover of the tub, to see because initially it smelt like rotting cabbage or broccoli. It is just getting worse and worse, the smell does not come and go. When I go outside and stand at the septic bed and at the side of the house, I can smell this obnoxious odour too.
Any thought/ideas on what this could be?
Thanks for your help in advance
 
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Old 06-28-12, 06:50 AM
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Just to clarify - it is completely covered, but not all the dirt that came off it to be pumped is back on it again.
 
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Old 06-28-12, 08:00 AM
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Is there a drain that you are not using? I have a shower stall in my house that never gets used. Every few weeks or so, I have to put a couple of quarts of water in the drain to maintain the water level in the trap. If I let it dry out, then sewer gasses come up and the results are exactly as you describe.

It doesn't have to be a shower. It can be any drain that doesn't get regularly used.
 
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Old 06-30-12, 08:06 PM
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Problem solved....the lid of the septic was left open! Like I said the bathroom was built over it so I couldn't see that it was open until I started pushing dirt / sand in there to try to cover it up more....the entire lid is gone. The person who pumped it probably left with it

Thanks for your help, Vey!
 
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Old 06-30-12, 10:25 PM
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Thank you for coming back to tell us how it worked out. Sorry about the missing cover, though.
 
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"the entire lid is gone."

That's terrible! I see bad workmanship sometimes, but I always hear about something even worse.
 
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Old 07-02-12, 07:57 PM
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The person who pumped it probably left with it
Because lightly used septic tank covers are hot on the black market these days?
 
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Old 07-04-12, 06:35 AM
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Most likely the lid was broken or fell into the pit and is covered by.....well, you know.
 
 

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