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Foul sewer smell in kitchen

Postby Cooldude » Wed May 09, 2007 8:39 pm

Hi all,

Please can somebody help.............we've just moved into a house, 1930's build and installed a new washing machine amongst other things into the existing opld kitchen.

Anyway, we seem to have a foul sewer smell in the kitchen, it doesn't seem to be coming from the 2 sink waste pipes, but more than likely from the washing machine, how do I get rid / cure this, or is this a plumber's job, or can I claim off Water Board insurance to fix this ?

I've tried using Domestos down all drains, but the smell still exists, it's embarassing when people come round and the kids are now complaining !!!!

Would really appreciate someone's advise.

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Postby bargee5 » Thu May 10, 2007 6:25 pm

the problem could be that the washing machine is not clearing all the water and it's going sour.
If you can hear the pump clearing the water it could be a sock in it ours was very easy to clear and that solved the smell problem
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Postby Birdhead » Fri Jun 15, 2007 3:14 pm

considering it is an old house are the drains curved like a J] in middle which is used to trap odors from comming up?
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Postby dajh » Sun Jul 08, 2007 9:29 am

I came across this very problem the other day......the washing machine waste hose had been directly connected to the kitchen waste pipe under the sink thereby by-passing the kitchen sink U-trap!!!!! As a result the sewer smells were passing directly up the mashing macine waste hose and into the kitchen through the machine.......a simple fix by installing a dedicated U-trap for the washing macine :lol: Hope this helps... Chiltern Handiman Services
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