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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyenglish View Post
    If the bathroom isn't used for a while, the room fills up with a methane smell
    Did your plumber put in a vent to your septic tank? One of my bathrooms septic tank is

    not vented and stunk. Had to put in an exhaust fan.

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    yes, the tanks have vents... will see how we progress today

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Did your plumber put in a vent to your septic tank? One of my bathrooms septic tank is

    not vented and stunk. Had to put in an exhaust fan.
    Yep that will do it. Should be toilet/sink/shower vent pipe in both bathrooms.

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    We have a similar problem in a bathroom which isn’t used much. A hydrogen sulphide smell. I suspect it’s just material hanging on the low side of the shower and sink drain pipes. Luigi’s suggestion of pouring a liter of Coke down the drains seems to work.

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    OK, so update on smell in the bathroom, the builders took out and re-seated the toilet and this seems to have done the trick. I have closed the door and window of over an hour since and no whiff! hurrah!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyenglish View Post
    OK, so update on smell in the bathroom, the builders took out and re-seated the toilet and this seems to have done the trick. I have closed the door and window of over an hour since and no whiff! hurrah!

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    Uh oh, spoke too soon. Smell is back.

    Well at least I have identified where it's coming from, definitely the toilet seal. I stuck my head around the back of the loo at floor level, something hasn't been sealed correctly, so the builders will have to come back again (again again again). If a job's worth doing, it's worth doing well... ('well', at least 4 times it seems!)

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    Toilet smell now fixed, Noarng had to go in to speak with the chaps at Cotto, apparently this model is quite tricky to install as it is a closed-sided design and the access space at the back near to the wall is very limited, seems that many builders are having issues getting the rubber seal to fit properly.

    I also chucked half a container of EM into each septic tank to help things along, I did put some in before I moved in, but probably not enough.

    Enough about bogs now... high time for other more pleasant things!

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    And so it continues... the somewhat epic saga of the en-suite bathroom.

    Having solved the riddle of the stinky throne, the next episode to tackle was (or should I say "is") setting the floor tiles so that water flows from the floor and down the plug holes, instead of just collecting in pools in the middle of the main floor area and the shower.

    One has to wonder how tricky this can be, as the main floor area is only 5X7 tiles and the shower area is 4X7. After all the guest bathroom has a larger floor area and it was installed with no problems.

    I did point out during the initial installation that the shower plughole is raised too high, and this is not the usual design when one wants water to flow down the drain. My comments were of course ignored.

    After the 4 attempts to seat the toilet correctly and the 3 attempts to get the floor right, Noarng finally admitted that the tiles needed to come up and the whole thing done again.

    I have also requested that the rather tasteful porcelain tiles not be butchered with an angle grinder leaving over-cutting and a ragged edge when this 4th attempt of tiling is attempted. We shall see.

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    Hi Jonny.

    What's EM?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Hi Jonny.

    What's EM?
    Hi Cyrille, EM stands for 'effective microorganisms', it's a brown liquid soup full of life... you can add it to compost heaps etc to speed up the biological breakdown of stuff. I bunged it in the septic tanks to get some activity going in there. Gardening and farming supply shops sell containers of it.

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