An efficient plumbing system is all about getting rid of waste. However, when a system malfunctions or is installed improperly, problems like sewer odors in the house can occur. For instance, there may an issue with proper installation of vents or traps with the fixtures. Or, damaged seals around the toilet may permit foul odors to enter the home.
Others issues like air leaks, rotted or damp wood, or dry traps can all contribute to the problem. While some of the bigger issues need to be handled by professionals, homeowners can handle and correct some simpler matters themselves. Here is a look at how to get rid of sewer odor in the house:
How to Eliminate Sewer Odor in Bathrooms
One of the most common odor problems in homes can emanate from the toilet. To check why the bathroom smells like rotten eggs, a good starting point is to make sure that the toilet is secured properly to the floor. Start by grabbing the toilet bowl and try sliding it from one side to the other. Ideally, the bowl should resist this movement, but if it rocks instead, then the likely cause is failure of the sealing wax ring. At this point the expertise of a certified plumber may be needed to fix the problem.
A bad smell may also result if there is an air leak at the toilet’s wax ring or in the vent pipe.
Bad Smell From Plumbing Fixtures
A frequent cause of indoor odors might be a trap gone dry beneath the fixtures. Homeowners can try resolving this issue by pouring some water down all showers, sinks, tubs as well as floor drains. The purpose of this is to check if the “P” shaped trap of the sewer system has become dried out.
In normal circumstances this trap is filled with water, but if the house smells like rotten eggs, then the trap may have become dry. The dryness prevents the trap from creating a seal that keeps out sewer gases. With the water evaporating from the “P” trap, its seal is also eliminated, which allows sewer gases and smell to enter the house.
This problem, however, can be managed by frequently pouring water down the drains.
Sewer Gas Smell in House
When a noxious sewer-like odor comes from the house, the likely culprit is escaping sewer gas from the drainage system. This can be a real cause for concern. Not only does the gas smell bad, its contents can be dangerous to your family’s health.
For people who are concerned if sewer gas can make them sick, an even bigger concern is that the high concentrations of methane gas are combustible, holding the potential to cause an explosion. So never ignore the smell of sewer gas vent pipe.
Possible causes of sewer gas smell in the house include a dry or damaged trap, a damaged drain line, or a damaged or plugged vent. In case of a dry trap, pour water down the drain and call a plumber to fix a damaged trap.
A damaged drain line will not only allow sewer gas smell to enter the house, but may also allow some sewage to drain through, further aggravating the bad smell. This problem needs to be addressed by a certified plumber.
Likewise, a damaged or plugged vent will need to be remedied by an expert plumber.
House Smells like Sewer When it Rains
Chronic sewage smell after a rainfall could be an indicator of a septic problem. Issues like rain, wet weather, and local flooding can all cause sewer gases to back up through drains and give off a sewer smell inside the home.
Because rainwater runs off to the lowest point of gravity, it will collect in the septic system through any crack or crevice available. The accumulation of rainwater causes the gases to rise and move upward, giving off unpleasant fumes.
Tidal Wave Response Atlanta
When homeowners in the Atlanta, Georgia region face these or any similar sewer-related problems, they can get in touch with the services of Tidal Wave Response, a water and sewage damage restoration service provider that can resolve any such issues. At Tidal Wave Response we make sure that any water related damage is rectified and the property fully restored to its original condition.