Mary, Home Buyer in Columbus, OH

We are looking at a house on Crenton Dr. in Columbus. We noticed the faint sewage the second time we looked st the house, is this a common complaint?

Asked by Mary, Columbus, OH Sun Jan 16, 2011

We did not notice it the first time we looked at the house. When we went to look at a house on Drindel a few days later the smell was much worse. Today it was faint and sometimes unnoticable...we are worried about what it would be like in the summer...

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Mary, all the answer so far are very good and right on. 3 things: Look at the property disclosure, talk with neighbors, if you decide you want to put in a purchase contract on the home, a home inspection by a good qualified home inspector will, reveal any potential problems with the sewage system.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 17, 2011
Mary, Henry may be right. Is the house vacant? If it's occupied the trap(s) should not be dry. If not, it might be the cause. But it's hard to say. May take a home inspection. Did you get a property disclosure from the seller? What did your agent say?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 16, 2011
I would knock on some Folks doors and ask them about the smell.
If you don't get a acceptable response, call the sewer dept and ask them.
It is possible it can come from the street storm sewer
Possibly a broken sewer line coming from the home
Find out where the sewer plant is located and which direction the prevailing winds come from (Usually they come from the southwest area).
Otherwise I would believe you will continue to have the smell and get will get worse in the hot weather
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 16, 2011
Was outside the home while walking around the neighborhood
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 16, 2011
If you are inside and notice the smell it is probably dried out line traps.
To prove it out, run water in all the sink drains shower and tub drains, the washer drain and check the basement for a drain by the A/C drain line. When these traps are dry, they allow sewer gases to enter the home
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 16, 2011
If you are inside and notice the smell it is probably dried out line traps.
To prove it out run water in all the sink drains shower and tub drains, the washer drain and check the basement for a drain by the A/C drain line. When these traps are dry, they allow sewer gases to enter the home
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 16, 2011
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