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Old 08-30-2019, 09:21 PM   #1
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I did a job the other day and I had to locate a smell in a basement bathroom. The flange wasn't screwed in the concrete and the horn wax askew so the foul waste water seeped under the tiles. The guy who is a young cop emailed me back a couple days writing the smell is still there. I told him to call an after disaster company and call his insurance too.

So I'm thinking the best way would be to remove the tiles, scrape the mortar off the tiles and concrete, clean the concrete and re-tile. However what would be a temporary fix to remove the smell? Pour some bleach around the flange? Maybe liquid enzyme that neutralizes cat pee smell?

What about when the same thing happens and it's a wooden floor?
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I did a job the other day and I had to locate a smell in a basement bathroom. The flange wasn't screwed in the concrete and the horn wax askew so the foul waste water seeped under the tiles. The guy who is a young cop emailed me back a couple days writing the smell is still there. I told him to call an after disaster company and call his insurance too.

So I'm thinking the best way would be to remove the tiles, scrape the mortar off the tiles and concrete, clean the concrete and re-tile. However what would be a temporary fix to remove the smell? Pour some bleach around the flange? Maybe liquid enzyme that neutralizes cat pee smell?

What about when the same thing happens and it's a wooden floor?
How much water are we talking about?
I don’t think that would cause a constant foul smell, you need to do a smoke test and check for hacked in vents.
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bleach it and be done...
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How much water are we talking about?
I don’t think that would cause a constant foul smell, you need to do a smoke test and check for hacked in vents.
Toilet wax seal letting water through so the amount is unknown.

As for a smoke test I never seen it done so I'm not familiar and up till now it wasn't really needed. I've been asked to find a floor drain a few times though but I pass on them.
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Toilet wax seal letting water through so the amount is unknown.

As for a smoke test I never seen it done so I'm not familiar and up till now it wasn't really needed. I've been asked to find a floor drain a few times though but I pass on them.

as coincidence I was looking at building my own smoke tester, basically they are a fan with a hose hooked up to them, to buy one already made runs about $500, to build one is about $200 and then you just buy the smoke candles...
just mix a strong bleach solution say 1 to 10 and let it soak in and dry, that should take care of any smell and germs...
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as coincidence I was looking at building my own smoke tester, basically they are a fan with a hose hooked up to them, to buy one already made runs about $500, to build one is about $200 and then you just buy the smoke candles...
just mix a strong bleach solution say 1 to 10 and let it soak in and dry, that should take care of any smell and germs...
The smoke test is interesting. I'd need to be able to plug the 4" going to the street with an inflatable ball? But then then there would be smoke probably surrounding the area in the basement. Plugging the roof stack exit would be impossible, too high and I don't have a truck rack or ladder.

I'll have to take a look at my thread again to locate hidden floor drains. However even smoke not be the way to do it as water can stay for years before it evaporates.
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The smoke test is interesting. I'd need to be able to plug the 4" going to the street with an inflatable ball? But then then there would be smoke probably surrounding the area in the basement. Plugging the roof stack exit would be impossible, too high and I don't have a truck rack or ladder.

I'll have to take a look at my thread again to locate hidden floor drains. However even smoke not be the way to do it as water can stay for years before it evaporates.
I dont know what water you deal with but any open trap the water will evaporate in a few weeks of none use...
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Just put a metal pan inside of a shop vac with legs so the bottom of the pan doesn't melt the bottom of the shop vac, that's what we do. If you want to get fancy make a chute from the inlet to the pan so you don't have to open the shop vac to put a smoke pellet in.


Another easy solution is a metal tube coming off the inlet with an adjustable closure so you can place a pellet in and limit the amount of airflow.








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