Good fix for a stinky john?

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  1. ourfather

    ourfather Well-Known Member

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  2. culpeper

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    Get in a plumber to check for blockages. You might have a tree in the garden whose roots have begun to block the drain, or it might be some other object that has been flushed away unintentionally.

    While you wait for the plumber, try tossing in some bicarbonate of soda, then pour in some boiling water. This may help unblock a minor obstruction. Also keep a container of bicarb in the toilet area - it helps to absorb odours. You can use it to clean the toilet, too, of course.

    You could also speak to your doctor about this, if the plumber gives you the 'all clear'. Seriously, what goes in one end can seriously affect the odour of what comes out the other, and can often tell a doctor that 'something is wrong'.

    Do you have adequate ventilation in the toilet? An exhaust fan might help.
     

  3. gilberte

    gilberte Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Could also be that the vent pipe is clogged with an insect nest or something.
     
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    You might need to replace the bolwax at the base of the toilet. If that's not completly sealed, it can let out smell and/or leak. If you have little boys, they might not be aiming to well. Check the wall behind the commode.
     
  5. NWSneaky

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    All the above are good ideas. You might also search the web for odor destroyer enzymes --- the sub flooring may be saturated with bacteria.

    In the U.S. we have a product at grocery/hardware stores named RidX which promotes bacterial digestion if you are on a septic tank.
     
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    palani Well-Known Member

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    Consider a small ozone generator. Ozone is supposed to even destroy anthrax. Odor in a small john should be no problem for it.
     
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    I'm with gilberte; when customers call and say they have a smell that they can't get rid of in the toilet we tell them to check the vent first. That is the thing that will cause the problem the most.
     
  8. Gary in ohio

    Gary in ohio Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Well is it really the toliet or is it the wood around the toliet? If its the toliet then you might have a blockage in the vent pipe. I have to clean mine out all the time due to bird nest. If its the wood there is little to do except replace the subfloor.
     
  9. mamacags

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    One more thing to consider. Most toilets have an area in the front bottom that is hollow. When remodeling my mother in laws bathroom we found it filled with a huge nest of carpenter ants! :grump: If the caulking around the base isn't tight you could have just about anything in there.
     
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    HOWEVER ozoone can give you cancer and asthma.....all those new fangled "air purifyers" are dangerous because of this. Consumer Reports has been rating the "purifyers" on this.

    Also I have 3 boys (including DH) and they are so bad I have to replace the heater cover near the toilet. It is completley rusted. I also use a lot of enzymes in our toilet, to keep the bacteria levels good. Do they have that in Finland?
     
  11. Marilyn in CO

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    Great replies. Also if the smell is of ammonia you might consider that someone in the family isn't able to assimilate protein or their PH is off. Just a thought. A drop or two of essential oils in the toilet water will make it smell wonderful. Tea tree, lemon, lavender oils.....that type of thing and they are anti-bacterial too.
     
  12. tallpines

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    My DD has 2 big dogs that drink from the toilet.
    On occasion they have drank the toilet DRY.
    With no water in the trap. the sewer gas was backing up into the room.
     
  13. VALENT

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    It sounds like you definitely have a problem with sewer gases entering your bathroom from the leaking wax ring. If you have a leak in that area(that you have noticed), the gases are coming into the room through that gap.
     
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    if its sewer gas.... dont light a match.
     
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    is this the point in the thread where I mention something about the shtf. LOL
     
  16. Yvonne

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    If your toilet bowl isn't filled full enough sewer gasses will escae from the trap. Whew