For the vast majority of folks this post will hold no interest but for the unlucky few who have experienced the unmistakable symptoms of poor sewer gas ventilation it might be exactly what you are looking for.
Most people never give those short black stacks protruding out of their roof over the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry rooms a second thought. Why should they for the most part they function exactly as designed so they have never experienced that sour “sewery” grey water smell that can permeate some homes especially in the lower regions where ventilation may not be ideal.
It is not always in the basement though some homes have that smell emanating from the bathroom or even kitchen drains most often when there is water being used ie a shower, dishwasher or washing machine and it can be especially bad when there has been a pressure change.
Most people will not even recognize the smell as its quite unusual and can be different for everyone and there are a lot of variables like city sewer or septic system and so on but one thing you can almost be assured of is that in almost all some degree of hydrogen sulfide will be present and while you may not smell it outright if the concentration is low its almost assuredly there and its not really something you want to be hanging out in. It is a sour sometimes soapy thick sort of smell often associated with drains.
It can cause a multitude of health issues some of which manifest as headaches, low energy, confusion, muddled thinking, sleeping a lot, overly tired, nausea, and many more.
Its advisable of course if you think you may have such an issue to call a plumber in to have it checked out, but that said you cannot always count on the conditions being conducive to manifest the symptoms on the date and time the professional can attend your home and the cost of such visits only to be told you have no problem can be frustrating.
I would suggest this hack after you have checked all the normal causes of such issues such as drains P-traps etc .
I have a simple hack that will cost you less than the cost of a plumber to come out (a second time) and is both effective and easy to install.
Originally designed and marketed for RV’s to help move the sewer gas from their holding tanks these vent caps are designed to move with the wind both moving down the highway and sitting in place they are shaped to help create a draw that helps pull the gas up the stack and away from the home with the wind. They work in even a very slight wind and turn easily to keep them faced in the right direction.
This model is available online and is called the “Camco 40597 Black Cyclone Sewer Plumbing Vent”. It is designed and marketed for motor homes and trailers that have holding tanks which can be problematic for venting properly. But lets be real a horse is a horse and if you have a sewer gas issue in your home on wheels its effectively the same issue as your home not on wheels.
We are not talking high techy techy its simple airflow and pretty much the same concept as an airplane wing except instead of lift your creating a means for the sewer gas to be drawn out of the venting using wind, and the science behind it does not care if its on a home or RV.
The mounting is for most people very easy at worst you may need a PVC adapter at best it will slip right on. If an adapter is required were talking a $5 part at most measure the outside diameter of the stack pipe on your home and the outside diameter of the Camco vent attachment and your golden its plug and play no need for glue or mounting, unless your in an extremely windy location and even then its probably unnecessary.
Simply pop it on and away you go, if your situation is anything like mine you will notice the results almost immediately and probably be quite astounded at how different the air is in your living space and how much better you feel almost immediately.
I found mine on a major online retailer and picked them up for $22 each but like anything on that site prices change real time so keep that in mind.
hope it helps if it did drop a comment and let me know 🙂