Diagnose cause of septic smell

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    wlsmith

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    My half bath just underwent a remodel, which meant replacing toilet and sink. Now, on certain days only, I get a strong septic/sewer smell. (I have septic.) It comes and goes.

    I don't know if I have a septic problem or a plumbing/install problem. How can I figure this out so I know whether to haul the remodeler back in here to fix it or I call someone else?
     
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    did the plumbing remodel include the use of an auto vent under the sink?
    or is the plumbing vented out the roof
     
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    I believe all plumbing is vented out the roof.
     
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    Did you tile the floor? If so and there wasn’t tile before, your toilet flange is probably too low and you’re not getting a proper seal. We see that a lot if the contractor doesn’t use a plumber because “hey, anybody can set a toilet”
     
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    Ricky is bringing up my next question
    Go Ricky....go ricky go ricky LOL
     
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    Yes, ceramic tile replaced vinyl. Bingo!
     
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    They make a spacer to fit over the flange to raise it up
    that is an option
    BUT
    I would insist that the plumber, remove the old flange and set a new flange at the correct height.
    which is.

    face / top of flange is MINIMUM 1/4 above the finished floor
    ideal height is bottom of flange sits level with top of tile

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    Talked to remo company (on a Sunday yet). He already committed to send a plumber this week. Good people.
     
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    Remo sent plumbo.
    No mo' uh-oh.
    Now, when wife go,
    it doesn't smell-o ;).
     
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    FAIL. That did not solve the problem, as it turns out. Seemed good for awhile, but now the smell is back...sadly, badly.
     

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