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Old 06-06-2020, 11:00 AM   #1
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Help! Poo smelling water coming up from shower drain!

Working on ripping out cabinetry in bathroom. Husband had to use a saw saw to remove some pieces. A foul smelling liquid started coming up from shower drain. Anyone know the source? Any solutions?
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Old 06-06-2020, 11:03 AM   #2
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Any stagnant water will provide this experieince. It could have just been water left in the trap. Any water in the gray tank, even clean water left after a flushing will turn putrid over time. Rinsing and flushing before working on water pipes is usually the way to go.
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Old 06-06-2020, 11:09 AM   #3
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that explains the foul odor, but why would water come up from the drain?
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No water in the P trap to block it.

With the lake handy at our favorite CG...we have to remember to pour a bit in once in a while.

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Water won't run uphill. And water isn't generated by removing bath cabinetry. I think the problem is something else going on.


Your tub has a P trap under the drain as Robert said, and then the water goes to a "grey" water tank. Water will accumulate in the tub if the grey tank is completely full. It is possible to transfer toilet water from the black tank to the grey tank if both dump valves are open, the the sewer hose connection cap is on tight. Maybe that happened in your project. Maybe your trailer is parked nose high allowing the water in your tanks to accumulate at the rear of the tanks.

Anyway, you can make dirty water go away in the tub by draining both of your waste water tanks. A good flushing of the tanks will also help eliminate orders. And then you can put some fresh water in the tub drain to fill the trap and seal off orders.

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After draining both tanks, and possibly spraying the black tank through the opened toilet flange, refill both tanks and add a reasonably potent dose of chlorine bleach. Let that sit for 2 hours at least, then drain both tanks. Rock the trailer for and aft with the tongue jack to get the last of the water. Especially worth the extra steps if you aren't planning to use the trailer for a while!
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The question I have is "do you have a 'grey water tank' or a single combo 'black/grey water tank'?? Also, remember that the 'shower/tub drain' is very low - only a couple of inches above the top of the tanks themselves. We have found that driving in hilly country can cause the tanks (if full) can backup into the shower so we put a stopper in the drain when travelling. Also, we add a bit of water to the drians to insure the traps have water in them to keep the tank odors from coming up...
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Backwashes can be prevented with the new check valve traps, I forgot what they are called, someone else will know and chip in. By removing the cabinets you may have changed the pitch of the drain pipe which may of had water in it
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Thanks for all of your allís great advice! The trailer was sitting slightly nose high (with bathroom in back) we leveled it out and havenít had any more issues. Unfortunately, we arenít in a place to empty our tanks which may be full from previous owner 🤢. That is definitely on our to do list.
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Get yourself some happy camper and add it to the shower. flush it into the grey tank with a gallon of water or less. Let it sit for a couple days and then next time it is about to rain hard just slowly dump the grey water onto the ground as the rain starts. You are not putting anything into the ground that is not already there. As others indicate even grey water will grow anaerobic bacteria which will convert sulfates to H2S and now you have the poo smell. happy camper reacts with H2S to eliminate it and it is natural.
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Thanks for all of your allís great advice! The trailer was sitting slightly nose high (with bathroom in back) we leveled it out and havenít had any more issues. Unfortunately, we arenít in a place to empty our tanks which may be full from previous owner 🤢. That is definitely on our to do list.


If you are at home, and, you have sewer clean-outs in the area, you can drain into those.
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