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.
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