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My sewer vent pipe does not even extend to the ceiling

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Katie says:
September 16, 2011 at 1:14 pm
 
The sewer vent pipe in my apartment doesn’t even extend to the ceiling and my landlord won’t fix it. he blames the smell on the traps. there was a piece of plastic bag shoved down into the pipe. I took it out and put a bag over the pipe with a rubber band. It filled up like a balloon. is that bad??
asked in Plumbing by darekrudy (21,730 points)
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 Hi Katie,
    You mean that it terminates inside the apartment, below the ceiling? It supposed to go through the ceiling and terminate above the roof. Otherwise the exhaust gasses will end up in your apartment – they are filling up plastic bag which looks like a balloon.
 
Sewer gasses are toxic and contain methane which is an explosive substance. What you have in your apartment is illegal and it should be serviced as soon as possible.
answered by darekrudy (21,730 points)
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