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It sounds like either there is no trap on the washer drain or the trap have siphoned out (typically due to improper venting) and is allowing sewer odor into the house
I think we had a trap installed on that line last year.
the smell wasn't really noticeable in the laundry room.
It might not be vented properly
Is all your drainage piping above the basement floor?
I'm pretty clueless where plumbing matters are concerned.
there are 2 likely causes of sewer odor in a house
either a trap has lost its seal due to siphoning or infrequent use
the fix is to simply dump some water down the drain
or a broken vent line which could be concealed in a wall
dump water down which drain? fyi.. we use more water than a normal household. My wife runs a small hair salon out of our home. It's a one person operation but she's typically busy. We had professional grade hair trap installed under the shampoo bowl.
not a hair trap a plumbing trap (P-trap or drum trap)
I told you I know little about plumbing :)
I've listed the likely causes. There isn't much more I can do from here. You may need to call a plumber to check this out
this morning I don't smell anything so that would make sense with your diagnosis?
This type of thing can come and go especially with a septic tank. It doesn't change my answer but you might want to wait for it to return before calling in a plumber
so, it doesn't sound like a clogged drain line? In other words, hold off on renting the snake?
If nothing is backing up you don't have a clog
also, does the really cold weather come into play a all?
how would I know if the vent stack was clogged?
unless the stack is 2" or smaller pipe
and you get sub zero temps
ok. you said poor water down the drain. you mean any drain?
I said infrequent use
allows the water in a fixture trap to evaporate
no sub zero temps. all of our drains are used pretty frequently. When you said a broken vent line, not sure what that means..
That's what you need a plumber for.
can you briefly describe?
One of the vent lines could be broken
vent lines to what?
On the plumbing system
I could get 29$ to say "call a plumber"
I just spent half an hour with you exploring the problem and answering your questions.
I can only do so much from here. If nothing else I saved you the expense of renting a snake for nothing
thought you might have more diagnostic questions since it's an old house, septic, etc.. I'll call the plumber.
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