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Last summer, I notice a musty type, sewer, rotten egg odor coming from the kitchen sink. The smell kicked in my children's allergies. Sometimes I notice the smell in the hallway from the bathroom to the back door also. Had anyone had this issue and know how I can solve the problem?

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May 23, 20211 found this helpful

My guess is that there is no drain system air pipe to let out smells from all the drains in the mobile home. Do you find that at least some of your drains run slow sometimes? Without the air pipe, a vacuum can sometimes form in the drain system, causing slowed drains. An air pipe usually goes out through the roof or right alongside the home, and is usually white PVC pipe of 2 to 3 inch diameter, and might have a screen and hood over it to keep out rain and critters. The only other explanation I can think of is leaking drains or drain pipes under the floor allowing the odors to be smelled inside the home. You really should have a plumber check out the cause. If there ARE cracked or leaking pipes under the floor, it could lead to the floors rotting out. Good luck.

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May 23, 20210 found this helpful

My guess is that there is no drain system air pipe to let out smells from all the drains in the home. Do you find that at least some of your drains run slow sometimes? Without the air pipe, a vacuum can sometimes form in the drain system, causing slowed drains. An air pipe usually goes out through the roof or right alongside the home, and is usually white PVC pipe of 2 to 3 inch diameter, and might have a screen and hood over it to keep out rain and critters.

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The only other explanation I can think of is leaking drains or drain pipes under the floor allowing the odors to be smelled inside the home. You really should have a plumber check out the cause, as if there ARE cracked or leaking pipes under the floor, it could lead to the floors rotting out. Good luck.

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May 23, 20210 found this helpful

I would have a plumber come in to check. You may have something clogging the line.

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May 24, 20210 found this helpful

Since this is a mobile home you will probably not have the same type of plumbing 'system' running through your house as a regular house would have and what year your mobile home was built will also make some differences in the system.

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Questions:
Most important: Do you own your home or are you renting?
Many of the following questions will only apply to you if you 'own' the home and others would apply to the landlord if renting. Like septic tank problems.

1.) Do you have a septic system or are you connected to city sewer lines? This answer (yes or no) will make a BIG difference in what could be causing your 'odor' problem.
2.) How old is the mobile home?
3.) How long have you lived here and have you had any water or sewer problems?
4. Do you have children that could be overusing toilet tissue (or other things?)?
5.) Do you use/flush 'disposable' wipes of any kind? (Big issue with a septic tank and also with a mobile home drainage system).
6.) Are any of your drains running slowly?

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7.) Do you regularly clean your sinks (especially kitchen sink/garbage disposal) with baking soda/ white vinegar/hot water solution to help remove oil/grease/soap scum/conditioner?
8.) Does anyone in your family have long hair that could contribute to slow drainage?
9.) If using septic tank has it been cleaned with the last 5 years (ever)? Septic tanks need regular cleanings; time intervals based on age, number of people using the system over that period of years, type of actual 'stuff' run through the system (if a lot of meat is cooked this may contribute to more grease in the tank).
Most septic tanks also have a 'filtering tub/system' that traps 'stuff' before it reaches the main tank and sometimes this can be cleaned and not have to have a full septic tank cleaning - which is expensive.
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10.) Have you noticed any 'odor' emanating anywhere around your home on the outside?
11.) If this is an older mobile home, you may need to have the underside of your home inspected to see if there are any leaks or disturbances to your plumbing system. You may find many surprises when checking the underpinning of your mobile home.
12.) Sometimes 'critters' make their homes under mobile homes and can cause a lot of damage to everything under your home.

Answer the questions for yourself and you may be able to determine what needs to be done as all of these things can contribute to your problem.

Some older mobile homes have insufficient drainage systems that may have curves/bends from different parts of the home that will slow down and slowly clog the lines. Also, older mobile homes may have used different types of drainage pipes than new homes and could be causing problems now.

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I would suggest checking for odors outside first and then go from there.
Try doing a good cleaning with every drain including bath tubs/showers. Pour a cup of baking soda in drain, then pour a cup of white vinegar to drain; wait until it stops sizzling. Then have a full kettle of very hot water (faucet hot water is usually not hot enough) (be very careful carrying hot water from place to place).
Pour the water SLOWLY in the sink/tub and then leave it untouched for at least 30 minutes.
This is good even if it does not solve your problem.

If someone in your family (or previous owner) have long hair you can order an inexpensive tool that can be used to remove hair from drains. I use this tool about once every 6 months and really like it. Sold in stores and online at many stores.
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www.walmart.com/.../986196174?tag=thrif06-20

If you own your home, I would suggest trying any suggestions provided by other members also before having to call in a 'specialist' as any service call will be expensive.

Please let us know if you find a solution that worked for you as your answer may help someone else in the future that is having similar problems.

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May 24, 20210 found this helpful

With a septic system and using a lot of water daily where it cannot drain well outdoors especially in Spring time weather when it's really rainy this can happen. If you use your washing machine a lot this odor can happen too. To SOLVE this issue, place your kitchen sink drain stopper in the sink(s) and add a little water so pressure won't lift it up when sewer air escapes. IF it's in bathroom too where you might notice it a lot, do the same to those sinks as well or laundry tub even. When the washing machine is done, you can then remove all sink stoppers. ALSO, if your septic system needs cleaning; you will need to have it emptied as it's way too full. I've lived with septic systems all my life and understand the issues you address.

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