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 Peppermint test
Author: Prudoco (FL)

As you folks know, I have had a sewer odor problem for years after the city hydrojetted my sewer lines. Had a peppermint test done and the odor seems to be coming from two different areas--by the master bathroom and also by the washroom area. When a peppermint test is done---there shouldn't be ANY PEPPERMINT ODOR AT ALL IN THE HOUSE?????

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 Re: Peppermint test
Author: SMSPlumbing (PA)

That is correct. This means that there is some type of opening, broken pipe, glue joint failed, hole in pipe from screws or nails, bad wax ring under the toilet. As you can see there can be several reasons for it to smell like that.

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 Re: Peppermint test
Author: hj (AZ)

Bad joint or nail/screw in the pipe would SELDOM cause the odor, unless the object was removed from the pipe, leaving a hole.

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 Re: Peppermint test
Author: packy (MA)

what is important is that the person who put the peppermint oil down the stack does NOT come back into the house.

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 Re: Peppermint test
Author: phillyplbg (PA)

Time for a smoke test

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 Re: Peppermint test
Author: Nayman's Drain Services (Non-US)

ok, so I have never done either 2 of these tests.
can anyone tell me, or direct me to a URL, that will explain the when, how & results needed, and when to use either test?

Thx

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 Re: Peppermint test
Author: SMSPlumbing (PA)

Here is a brief description
[www.plumbing-basics.com]

The only time I have had to do a smoke test is when we could not locate where a sewer smell was coming from. I have never done the oil of peppermint. The smoke was easy to find since it filled the area. Our townships do smoke tests on the entire municiple systems once a year.

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