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We were away on vacation and our bathroom smells horribly - the plumber checked it out and thinks we have a dead mouse in a wall - it smells like sewage - has anyone had this problem?

Can anyone tell me what to do?

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Asked by saddleclub at 6:11 PM on May. 18, 2009 in Home & Garden

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  • How long were you gone on vacation? We had that problem when we were building our new house. They said it was because the plumbing was hooked up to the septic but no one was using it. We poured about 2 gallons down the tub and the sinks. I guess the air can back up into the pipes and drains if there's no water flushing it out. GL!

    Answer by sadira29 at 8:21 PM on May. 18, 2009

  • The place I used to work put down mouse poison and then they all died in the walls. The smell was disgusting!
    I also went to a school and the classrooms in the basement really smelled. We knew there were mice, we found dead one's under the sink in the lunch room. Nasty! Pretty soon we had flies all over the place. It was really nasty and they swore they had exterminators in and they found nothing! Yeah sure! I had brought my coffee pot in for an open house and left it there till the next day. There were mucky footprints on it, about the size of mice!

    Answer by AmandaH321 at 11:01 PM on May. 18, 2009

  • Go to Walmart and go to the cat litter section. You will see in the supplies section where they sell the bags and scoopers for cat litter boxes these round containers that are odor absorbers. They REALLY work WELL. Depending on how bad the smell is, buy as many as you need (one for each corner of the bathroom, if necessary).
    The dead mouse will decompose and his smell will disappear gradually, but the odor absorbers will help immensely.

    Answer by PrydferthMenyw at 7:04 AM on May. 19, 2009

  • Forgot to mention - anytime you go on vacation you need to clean your pipes when you arrive home. Purchase a large box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda and a gallon size of white vinegar. Shove a cup of baking soda down into each drain and then pour about 1-2 cups of white vinegar slowly over the top of it. It will fizz up, which is good, the fizz will work at the gunk on the sides of the pipes and refresh their odors (baking soda neutralizes odors). If your kitchen sink is a double and shares the same drain pipe, then close off one hole and clean one hole at a time.
    Meantime, boil a large kettle of water on the stove and once the fizz solution has set in each drain for at least 30 minutes, then pour some boiling water to rinse it away. Regular hot water will work for tubs. All sinks really need the boiling water, especially if one has a garbage disposal.

    Answer by PrydferthMenyw at 7:10 AM on May. 19, 2009

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    For garbage disposals, after they have been fizz cleaned, you will need to sharpen and clean the blades, which is incredibly easy to do. If you don't have cubed ice in your freezer, then purchase some at the store. Place some into the disposal, run the cold water, and turn the disposal on, adding more ice as it gets broken down. The ice sharpens the blades and helps to clean off any extra gunk that is still stuck to it. Of course, stores (Walmart) now sells a cleaner especially for disposals.
    For your washing machine - run a load of vinegar wash. 1-2 cups of white vinegar to a full load of warm water. Let it run completely through. Run two more loads completely through of just water to rinse away the vinegar and to flush the washer and drain hose.
    When you return home, run the cold water in each faucet for 5 minutes to flush out any impurities that have sat in the pipes during the time they haven't been used.

    Answer by PrydferthMenyw at 7:15 AM on May. 19, 2009

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