Septic Odors Inside Your Home

Septic systems are designed to dispose of waste and wastewater. What goes into your septic tank should not come back up – that includes the odors. If you notice a bad smell in your home or o...

Septic Odors Inside Your Home

Oct 19

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Septic Odors Inside Your Home

Septic systems are designed to dispose of waste and wastewater. What goes into your septic tank should not come back up – that includes the odors. If you notice a bad smell in your home or out near the drain field, then you likely have a septic system malfunction that should be addressed as soon as possible. The professionals at Metro Septic Pumping have years of experience assessing, diagnosing, and repairing common septic tank issues such as odor leaks. This article should give you a basic understanding of what might be causing the smell and how you can troubleshoot it. If you prefer to hire a septic specialist, then call Metro Septic Pumping. We are always ready to help.

Overloaded Septic Tank
Septic tanks break down solid waste into scum and sludge which must be pumped or cleaned out routinely. Your household’s size and activity, the septic tank’s size, and the septic system’s working condition all play a role in when you will need to call your local septic tank pumping company. A general rule of thumb is to schedule a septic tank pumping once every two to three years but large households with small septic tanks might need annual or biennial pumping. An overloaded septic tank means the solid waste will go where it can – often up your drain line and into your home.

Damaged Septic System
Gases and even liquid or solid waste can creep through cracks and crevices in your septic system. If you notice lush, green grass along with foul odors, then you might have a septic leak that should be addressed. Delaying repairs can force you to get a replacement and costly land restoration services. Remember to regularly have your septic system inspected for damage.

Dry Drains
The floor drain trap in your septic system is designed to hold water and keep gases from rising back out. These traps are generally U-shaped pipes that are filled with water. If the water dries up, then the gases will begin to travel up into your home or building. Regularly run water through drains in areas that don’t get a lot of use, such as guest bathrooms.

Clogged Vent Stack
Gases that build up in your septic tank must be released somehow. The vent stack is the pipe that sends gases out around your roof, but it can get clogged, trapping odors around your house. Regularly clean out debris, leaves, and other garbage from your roof and gutters. Clogs can also occur after some grass cutting. Carefully remove debris from the vent stack to restore its operability.

Faulty Gaskets and Seals
Many connections are sealed to keep odors and waste in the system. The toilet wax seal is a common point that is susceptible to broken seals. Fortunately, a new wax ring is affordable and quick to install. 

Need Professional Septic Service?
If you cannot pinpoint the issue with your septic system, then call Metro Septic Pumping to speak with a septic professional. We are always ready to help.
 

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