Help with bathroom sewer smell

Hey guys Wanted to preface this by saying I have absolutely no plumbing experience other than changing a kitchen faucet one time so I really have no clue where to start here. We were gone on vacation for about 2 weeks and soon after coming back (maybe 2 -4 days), we started noticing a fairly strong sewer smell from our guest bathroom intermittently. We tried running water figured maybe since we had not used the restroom in a while it just needed to be used. However it did not smell when we first got back, but maybe 2-3 days after. Running the water did not help. I cannot tell where the smell is coming from if its the sink, the shower drain or the toilet. It is a pretty small bathroom and when it smells Ive tried getting my nose close to all 3 but its hard to tell as the whole bathroom smells, but none of the 3 really smells worse to say 'ok its coming from here'. When the bathroom doesn't smell, I've tried as well and none of the 3 really smell either.. We called the landlord and he brought a friend who's a plumber who apparently has worked on this house before. Unfortunately he said his 'sense of smell is shot' and he couldn't smell anything. I stepped away to give him some space and I understand he cleaned the P trap on the sink, poured some bleach in there and said lets try that first. Once he left I also poured some Drano down the shower drain and sink, let it sit and flused it with hot water after 30 min. Drain is not slow to start with so that didn't seem to do much, but figured it can't hurt. As i mentioned the smell is not there all the time, it can be there strongly in the morning after 8 hours of no use then be gone after a couple of hours and come back 3 hours. There is no reasoning to it. Soon after he left, and the bleach smell had faded, the sewer smell was back so obviously cleaning the Ptrap did not work. There is no water around the toilet seal, he tried to move it around to see if it moved, and didn't seem to budge so he didn't think the toilet was the issue. I will be letting the landlord know tomorrow this did not work, but given the plumber's lack of 'smell' I'm not sure he really thinks there's an issue. Would i be better off calling a plumber on my own dime, maybe have them run a camera to see if there's a clog somewhere? The plumber that came in today seemed to think if this did not work they might have to break walls..not sure if he was joking or not. Sorry for the rant I guess im trying to get opinions from people who know about this, as to where this could be coming from and what next steps should I take. Any ideas are appreciated! submitted by /u/justathrowawaybrah [link] [comments]

Hey guys Wanted to preface this by saying I have absolutely no plumbing experience other than changing a kitchen faucet one time so I really have no clue where to start here.

We were gone on vacation for about 2 weeks and soon after coming back (maybe 2 -4 days), we started noticing a fairly strong sewer smell from our guest bathroom intermittently.

We tried running water figured maybe since we had not used the restroom in a while it just needed to be used. However it did not smell when we first got back, but maybe 2-3 days after. Running the water did not help.

I cannot tell where the smell is coming from if its the sink, the shower drain or the toilet. It is a pretty small bathroom and when it smells Ive tried getting my nose close to all 3 but its hard to tell as the whole bathroom smells, but none of the 3 really smells worse to say 'ok its coming from here'.

When the bathroom doesn't smell, I've tried as well and none of the 3 really smell either.. We called the landlord and he brought a friend who's a plumber who apparently has worked on this house before. Unfortunately he said his 'sense of smell is shot' and he couldn't smell anything.

I stepped away to give him some space and I understand he cleaned the P trap on the sink, poured some bleach in there and said lets try that first. Once he left I also poured some Drano down the shower drain and sink, let it sit and flused it with hot water after 30 min. Drain is not slow to start with so that didn't seem to do much, but figured it can't hurt.

As i mentioned the smell is not there all the time, it can be there strongly in the morning after 8 hours of no use then be gone after a couple of hours and come back 3 hours. There is no reasoning to it.

Soon after he left, and the bleach smell had faded, the sewer smell was back so obviously cleaning the Ptrap did not work.

There is no water around the toilet seal, he tried to move it around to see if it moved, and didn't seem to budge so he didn't think the toilet was the issue.

I will be letting the landlord know tomorrow this did not work, but given the plumber's lack of 'smell' I'm not sure he really thinks there's an issue. Would i be better off calling a plumber on my own dime, maybe have them run a camera to see if there's a clog somewhere?

The plumber that came in today seemed to think if this did not work they might have to break walls..not sure if he was joking or not. Sorry for the rant I guess im trying to get opinions from people who know about this, as to where this could be coming from and what next steps should I take. Any ideas are appreciated!

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