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Old 11-10-2013, 05:28 PM   #1
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Bathtub sewer gas smell when kitchen sink is drained

This problem has cropped up recently on my 2004 Fleetwood Fiesta. I have 2 more trips coming up the next 2 weekends, so would like to eliminate this minor inconvenience.

When the plug is pulled in the kitchen sink to drain the water, there is a gurgling sound in the bathtub drain with a small amount of water bubbling out of it, but a very strong sewer gas smell accompanying this episode. The water goes down in the kitchen sink rapidly, so it doesn't appear to be a clog (in the sink, anyway.) Before I start trying to pry caps off of the roof vents, and take apart the sink and bathtub traps, does anyone know how I can narrow down my search? Thanks!!
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Look at the 'cheater vent' under the sink. It is a one way valve that let's air into the drain pipe when water is rushing down the drain. If it's not working, it might make the bathtub drain gurgle. Next to check would be the rooftop vent.
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Old 11-10-2013, 10:44 PM   #3
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This problem has cropped up recently on my 2004 Fleetwood Fiesta. I have 2 more trips coming up the next 2 weekends, so would like to eliminate this minor inconvenience.

When the plug is pulled in the kitchen sink to drain the water, there is a gurgling sound in the bathtub drain with a small amount of water bubbling out of it, but a very strong sewer gas smell accompanying this episode. The water goes down in the kitchen sink rapidly, so it doesn't appear to be a clog (in the sink, anyway.) Before I start trying to pry caps off of the roof vents, and take apart the sink and bathtub traps, does anyone know how I can narrow down my search? Thanks!!
Assuming the tank is not full, I would run a snake down both the tub and sink drain.
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Old 11-10-2013, 11:09 PM   #4
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It's probably an air admittance valve that is stuck closed. You may have more then one. Check under the kitchen sink, bathroom sink, I have even seen them behind drawers near the shower. You can get them at Home Depot, Lowes, or some hardware stores.

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