Ask Experts Questions for FREE Help !

    Bad Sewer with horriable smell of gas fumes and sour smell ,toilet smell.unit

    Asked Sep 24, 2010, 01:45 AM 2 Answers
    I live in a low rental, had complained since I have moved in on, June,26/2010... have called city of winnipeg was told private property. Called the water waste line.. they did nothing and the smell is still in the unit. The development, was build in 2007.. the air vents where the heat comes from, that is where the gas and sour smell is coming from also smelling like a big toilet.. can winnipeg housing rehabiltation corporation, still rent out these units.. have called property manager .N/A RESPONDE.. wHEN TURNING ON HEAT IT ONLY GETS WORSE... can't breath plus having windows and window a/c on .the wheather is only 8degrees outside can't inmagine when it gets colder.. property manager names is Sharon the owner of the building is Peters.. Am really hoping that you can HELP ME! Sooo that I can bring it to there attention of the owner.. can't get anywhere with manager.. PLEASE HELP ME..

    Last edited by Synnen; Oct 16, 2010 at 12:14 PM. Reason: edit'd personal info
    Search this Question
    Share |
    2 Answers
    joypulv's Avatar
    joypulv Posts: 21,582, Reputation: 2940
    current pert

    Sep 29, 2010, 01:19 PM
    Private should have nothing to do with the Health Dept. PUT IT IN WRITING. That way you have a trail if you need to withhold rent.
    Call the Gas Company to see if natural gas is supplied to the building. They will treat that as an emergency if it is.
    Natural gas has a smell added to the odorless gas that is distinctively sort of sweet and bitter at the same time.
    There's also sewer gas.
    And a dead animal, possibly down at the bottom of the heating duct, possibly rotting away in water too. They smell so awful that this is what it might be, especially of no one else smells it in their apt.
    Do some sleuthing yourself! Outside, in the basement if there is one, ask people below you and around you, put up signs in the lobby.
    See what pipes come in and where and try to find help identifying them.
    Cover heating vents one at a time with cardboard and tape to see if you can make it go away to pinpoint the source. That's what I would do 3rd, after the Health Dept letter and the call to the gas co.
    Worse comes to worse, go to the ER. I'm not a big fan of ER abuse but if you are breathing toxic fumes you need to find out. THEY will have to contact the Health Dept.
    dontknownuthin's Avatar
    dontknownuthin Posts: 2,907, Reputation: 750
    Ultra Member

    Nov 19, 2010, 03:20 PM

    Call your local building department and ask if an inspector can come out. My guess is that the plumbing in your building is not properly vented. There has to be an escape from the roof of the building for sewer gases or they come back into the building. Sounds like someone cut some corners building the place and it's probably a violation of building code. As another option, hire a plumber and get documentation of what's wrong and then pursue the building code violation once you know exactly what is wrong and have expert opinion in writing.

Not your question? Ask your question View similar questions


Question Tools Search this Question
Search this Question:

Advanced Search

Add your answer here.

Check out some similar questions!

Bad sewer smell only in evening! [ 0 Answers ]

I run a small restaurant, we have operated it for ten years. I have recently been having some really offensive smells coming up under building. I had the plumbers in, we first emptied grease trap twice. Then got a jetter in to clean the pipes. We also, replaced a couple of sections that did not...

Toilet smell in summer and overflow line smell in winter [ 2 Answers ]

In the summer my downstairs toilet smells awful, like sewer, and in the winter the overflow lines for my airconditioning and water heater smell like mold. (they are located in garage) Any ideas about what could possibly be happening? Thanks

Sewer smell when washing clothes and metal smell in water [ 1 Answers ]

We just moved in a Lease to own house and after one month there is now a smell of sewer when washing clothes. The smell in the water has been here since day one and we are in the process of testing the well water. Can anyone help? I think we have a septic tank since we are on well water but the...

BAD SMELL I have a very bad smell coming from my toilet [ 3 Answers ]

I live on a slab, older house & have a horrible smell coming from one of my bathrooms, also there are nats flying out of my shower drain. Do you have any idea on what this could be... I really don't have the money for a plumber... please let me know any suggestions... Thank You :confused: ...

Sewer smell in kitchen, wood cabinets smell [ 1 Answers ]

I bought a house that had sewer smells in the kitchen probably for years. I found the problem and fixed the pipe. We gutted the kitchen and the smell is still there. The subfloor has an odor. And I am worried the tongue and groove underneath it might smell also. If we pull up the subfloor,...

View more questions Search