Hi all, I have been having a similar problem. I have bought a flat that has been built by total cowboys. I regularly come across things that are faulty or just not acceptable. When I hire builders to solve the problems they comment on how badly constructed the items are.
This time it appears to be my Durgo Valve. I have looked all over my bathroom for the source of the bad smells. It wasn't until I took the top of the valve and the top of the pipe apart that I realised what was going on. With the aid of a torch I could see there was a lot of sludge/waste in the (still attached) bend and a lot of crust on the inside of the pipe. I cleaned the waste from the inside of the pipe and put it back together. The valve seemed to be mobile and free from restriction. I have also been doing some research on line and noticed the the Durgo Valve is below the waterline of the cistern which is not recommended.
There is a flat above me that extends into the eaves so going through the roof isn't and option I want to entertain and the bathroom/toilet is has no external walls so venting through a wall isn't an option either.
Will extending the pipe to above the floodline and perhaps a new valve eliminate the problem or have I got a much bigger/scarier problem on my hands?
Are there better options on valves out there? I suspect the valve I have in place is the cheapest option!
Thanks Stoneyboy. The Durgo was coming out of 90 degree elbow that had rotated and the Durgo was at an angle. It is now back to the vertical so I suppose the trap mechanism has all the gravitational help it needs. I also cleaned the Durgo and pipework which, fingers crossed, seems to have eliminated the smells entirely. Thanks
stoneyboy wrote:Hi mattM2017, As long as the Durgo is above the pan rim you should be ok. Fit a new durgo and see if this solves the problem. Regards. Stoneyboy.
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