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Smelly Septic Tanks: What Causes the Problem & How to Eliminate Odors November 22, 2016

View Basin, Gig Harbor Peninsula
Smelly Septic Tanks: What Causes the Problem & How to Eliminate Odors, Gig Harbor Peninsula, Washington

You walk into your home and notice something just doesn’t smell right. If there’s a scent of sewage in the air, it may be a problem with your septic tank. The professionals at Hemley’s Septic Tank Cleaning, a septic troubleshooting and repair business serving Pierce, Kitsap, and Mason counties in Washington, are here to help you investigate and solve the problem.

Don’t ignore septic tank odors! This isn’t something you want to put on the back burner. It’s a big health hazard that could lead to more serious problems down the road. Odors come from three different places: inside your home, above or around the septic tank, or in the drain field surrounding it. Once you find the source of the smell, it’s time to fix the problem.

Here are the three main causes of indoor septic plumbing odors:

  • The sewage pump has malfunctioned.
  • The vent stack—which is designed to release odors and keep them away from your home—is clogged or blocked.
  • The p-traps in your floor drains have dried out and are releasing noxious fumes.

If you believe the odor is coming from outside, check for these three issues:

  • A large puddle or buildup of water. It could be a solid waste backup, which can cause untreated water to leach into the yard.
  • Leaks or holes in your septic plumbing system. 
  • A damaged septic tank distribution box.

septic tankTreating the issue can be as simple as drain cleaning—dumping water down the drain to fill the p-traps with water—or cleaning out a blocked vent stack. Check the top of your septic tank to ensure all openings are sealed. A new top or rubber seals can stop odors from leaking out.

If you are unsure of where the smell is coming from or would prefer an expert opinion, contact a professional for a septic plumbing inspection. Septic tank odors should be treated immediately to avoid further damage to your home and your health.

For efficient and affordable septic plumbing repairs, contact the experts at Hemley’s Septic Tank Cleaning. These professionals are available 24/7 to handle any problem or emergency you may encounter. Call (800) 699-7854 or visit the website for a full list of their septic tank services.

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