The smell of sewer gas is the last thing you’ll ever want to smell in your home, so it makes sense that you would be worried when it invades your home.
The problem is, you may not know exactly where that smell is coming from, or why it’s even happening, which can make your experience a whole lot more scary and confusing.
So what’s to be done?
Luckily, there is a way to get to the source and handle this problem, and it doesn’t take much to solve it.
Keep reading to find out how what’s causing that sewer gas smell and how you can get rid of it for a safer, cleaner home.
Sewer Gas: Where Is It Coming From?
There’s a very good chance that if you’re dealing with a foul-smelling gas that has a sewage tint, you’re dealing with a problem in your sewage line.
Most of the time the problem can be found in the toilet, since a lot of high-oder materials go down it (we clearly don’t need to go in depth here).
However, sinks and showers are also connected to the sewage line, so the smell could also be coming from them.
In any case, there are a number of reasons why the smell is happening – and there are also ways to fix it.
What Causes the Smell and How to Fix It
The first thing that could be causing the smell is that the water in the P-trap has evaporated.
When the P-trap is void of water, the sewage smell can easily make its way through your pipes and into your home.
Another reason is that the vent pipe may be improperly cut or installed. The vent pipe is supposed to redirect the sewage smell to the outdoors, but in some cases, the pipe isn’t placed correctly and causes the scent to waft through the house.
A more common reason is that there might be a buildup in your sink’s overflow.
As dirty water runs through the overflow over time, grime could build up in and around the hole. If too much builds up, it could contribute to the smelly scent.
Obviously, none of these cases are desirable, but they’re also not extremely serious to handle. In fact, calling on a plumber to handle the problem will save you both more time and money than if you tried to do it yourself.
Armed with this knowledge and with an efficient plumber, you’ll be rid of the smell in no time.
The Best Plumbing Services for Your Needs
Now that you know what’s causing your home to smell like sewer gas, you need to know who to call to fix the problem. Luckily, you don’t have to look far.
At Lucke Plumbing, we make sure to do the job right the first time and leave our customers satisfied. We offer many services, including sewer and drain services, hydro jetting, pipelining, plumbing construction and renovation, and more.
Our experience and know-how show in everything we do. Take a look at our blog and learn about all sorts of techniques and ways to keep your sewage – and your home – safe.
Feel free to check us out. We look forward to helping you.