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Old 04-22-2014, 12:03 PM  
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That's just chasing the symptom not the cause


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Old 04-22-2014, 01:08 PM  
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That's just chasing the symptom not the cause
Six GPM over a few hours may remove an animal carcass from the drain for little cost.

Strictly, we should list all the causes from the most likely to the least likely and then come up with ways to confirm/disprove those ideas. If the most likely causes involve the least costly fixes then this will be easy and popular but that doesn't happen often.

I suppose a conically shaped coil spring with spring Outside Diameter = pipe Inside Diameter dragged through the pipe should drag out bones that let water pass. Just don't break the line that does the dragging.

http://www.google.com/search?q=coil+...10%3B431%3B487
If you pull from the small end and the spring is overstressed it should become smaller in diameter and longer and so release itself, if it hangs up.

This sort of brings up the idea that the smelly section of pipe should be somehow isolated. The OP should know within 24 hours if this has been accomplished.



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Often it isn't that hard, like a vent pipe running hoizontaly across the attic with out enough slope filled with water blocking the air.
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That can be easily checked with a level.

Has this 'un-sloping' or belly occurred lately? The OP implies that this symptom is something new.

An even easier way is to pour a pint of water slowly into the drain so that the trap fills and then not use the drain for 24 hours. No smell then means vent clogged means water was siphoned out of the trap.

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try to use an enzyme type cleaner or septic tank additive in the drain wih some warm water and see if it cleans out the cause of the smell, this stuff is non-toxic.


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