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I have noticed a burning rubber smell in my house years on

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I have noticed a burning rubber smell in my house for several years on and off. I am suspicious that at some point corrosive chemicals may have been poured into a drain about 8 years ago. At times when a P trap in the house is allowed to go dry, the rubber around my house begins to corrode. I can't be sure if this is just from regular sewer gas or corrosive fumes emanating from the plumbing due to some other chemical that may have been poured into a drain 8 years ago. Is it possible that a chemical poured into the pipes so long ago could still be creating corrosive fumes inside the house when a P trap is allowed to go dry? I don't have a tank, but am tied to a municipal system. Thank you!
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Plumbing
Expert:  Rick replied 1 year ago.

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There is virtually n chance that any chemicals dumped down the drain that long ago would still be around. They would have been diluted to harmless withing a matter of days if not weeks. If a p-trap is allowed to dry out then you can get sewer odor into the house until water is put back into the trap.