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What’s That Smell?

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Hands down, one of the best modern developments is indoor plumbing. Our modern plumbing systems are designed to make stinky waste odors leave your home. Therefore, if you begin to notice an unpleasant smell coming from your indoor drains, it can cause alarm. No one wants a toilet backup to overflow in their home! It is vital that you diagnose the cause of stinky odors and foul-smelling gases entering your home. Beyond the embarrassment of having neighbors over and a septic emergency occurs, foul smells can signal that your septic system needs to be repaired or serviced immediately.

If you notice an odor that smells like rotten eggs, septic gases likely are to blame. You never want to ignore this as the problem will not go away – it will only worsen.

Common Causes of Septic Odors Inside the Home

#1 Dry Plumbing Trap
There are u-shaped bends that make up certain areas of your plumbing lines. These u-shaped bends should always hold a small amount of greywater, which prevents odors from seeping back up from the septic tank. If the traps dry out or evaporate, the stinky smell will inevitably seep into your home. This often occurs after being away on vacation when you did not use your plumbing for an extended period.

#2 Overfull Septic Tank
It’s one of those things no one wants to pay for, so it’s easy to put off. However, if your home relies on a septic system, you must have your septic tank pumped regularly. If it has been more than 3 years since your last septic cleaning – or you have moved into a home and have no idea when/if the tank was pumped – you are overdue! Aside from a stinky stench, you may also notice that your drains are slow or gurgling when your septic tank is too full.

#3 Sewer Line Break
While modern sewer and drain lines are highly durable, they are not indestructible. Sewer line breaks lead to a leak of wastewater that will collect outside of the pipes, producing a very unpleasant odor.

#4 Clogged Vent Stack
Near your home’s roof, there are a collection of pipes that help regulate air pressure and remove gasses and odors from your plumbing system. If these vents become clogged with leaves, debris, or a bird’s nest, the plumbing system may not work correctly and trigger smelly sewer gases inside your home.

Are you noticing foul odors inside your home? Contact Septic Service Pro today.

Posted on Behalf of Septic Service Pro

Posted on Behalf of Septic Service Pro

Cumming Office

562 Lakeland Plaza, Suite 202
Cumming, GA 30040

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6295 Holly Court
Buford, GA 30518

Phone: (678) 899-6457

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Jim is a true professional who worked with me over months to identify and correct septic field problems. His positive attitude and helpful discussion in resolving issues is the best I found.


Mike and Shane came out and did an outstanding job on replacing our septic pump. Same day service - and they came out on a Friday evening! Mother's day would not have been very happy if they didn't save the day. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!


We had our septic tank pumped and baffle tee replaced. The guys were on time, respectful and quick. They cleaned up very well after the job and even fluffed our pine straw to perfection!! We'd recommend these guys without hesitation.


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Jim and his crew installed a new leech field for us quickly and professionally at a very reasonable cost. They handled all of the permitting and inspections and completed the work in a timely manner. Would recommend them to anyone.


Michael and assistant pointed out a leaking toilet that I didn't know I had (saved me $ there!). They also disturbed very little of the yard to get to the tank. Not the super cheapest but no hard upsell when they got here. Very pleased.


The team was efficient, friendly, knowledgeable and FAST to arrive. The bill was extremely reasonable for the work needed to be done. I would HIGHLY recommend Septic Service Pro.


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Cumming, GA 30040

(678) 899-6457

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