One of the main ways you can tell there is a problem with your septic tank is a foul odor entering your home. If your system is working properly, there shouldn’t be any odor emanating. In the event that you notice an unpleasant smell coming in, it may be time to seek professional septic service for your system. Below, the experts at American Rooter Sewer & Septic in Albany, OR, have provided some easy options that could fix your plumbing problem.
Septic Service Fixes
Fix Drain Problems
Nasty odors in your house could be coming from your drain. If the drain trap in the floor is dry, sewer gases may be escaping into the house. Filling your drain traps occasionally with water should fix it. The access plug for your drain could also be loose, allowing gases to enter your home. If those don’t solve your problem, it could always be that your drains are clogged, trapping the odors near the surface of the drain. A good way to ensure that your drain is clear is by pouring baking soda and vinegar down it. Combined, these ingredients will act as both a cleaner and deodorizer.
Add a Filter
Another popular solution for solving the foul odor problem in a septic tank is with a charcoal or activated carbon filter. The filter stops odors from entering the house by fitting onto your existing plumbing vent and filters out the bad odors. It does this without restricting the flow of any air or gases. The filter works by being treated with oxygen, opening up millions of tiny pores between carbon atoms. Due to its large surface space, there are many sites where the chemicals creating the odor pass the carbon surface, becoming attached and trapped.
Look for Pipe Damage
Sometimes, the problem is simply a damaged pipe. If there are cracks, holes, loose seals, or leaks, the septic liquid could douse the surrounding area, causing the stench to reach the surface of your home. If this is the problem, call a professional plumber to fix the pipes and clean the saturated area. If your pipes are the cause of the smell, that should fix the problem.
If your septic tank is working properly, there shouldn’t be any foul odors entering your home. When this problem does arise, you’ll need professional septic service to solve the issue. The good news is that American Rooter Sewer & Septic Service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to solve your emergency plumbing repair. They will help ensure your home remains clean and smells fresh. For more information on their services, call (541) 926-1185 or visit their website today.