Fresh as a mountain stream?
January 24, 2012 9:28 AM Subscribe
How do I best deal with this wet, smelly problem?
posted by Obscure Reference to home & garden (9 answers total)
It's beneath my basement floor. More accurately, there's this metal trap door that opens up to expose my sewer pipe. It exists for maintenance reasons--e.g. we recently needed to have our sewer pipes flushed out. Recently, there has been an odor coming from this area. We thought it was sewer related, but our sewer man says otherwise--there is water down there, but it's clean water. There's a teensy little stream flowing under our house. A plumber he referred us to suspects there's a leak from our water main and proposed, for $4.5k (includes 8.875% tax), to dig toward the water main and fix the leak.
In particular: To cut concrete floor in basement at location of main house trap, excavate ground in search of leaking pipe at manhole 5ft away from main house trap and remove garbage.
There are all sorts of boiler plate disclaimers and exceptions added to the proposal. e.g. "If there are stones that the work men
or machines can’t remove, we will have to use rock splitters and compressors. There will be an additional charge per day for men and machines used for removing stones." and we must agree to pay their lawyers fees in connection with making sure they are paid, and so forth.
I see no guarantee in the proposal that they will actually find the leak (is that definitely what's causing the problem?) and that the smell would then go away--We'd just be financing their search.
Am I being too negative and suspicious about this? Is this a reasonable approach and proposal to get rid of our smelly stream? Why does it smell if it's running fresh water anyway? Should I just pay the man?