If your home begins smelling like sewer, you have a problem you can't ignore. When plumbing systems malfunction or are installed incorrectly, it can cause sewer odors in your home. Different problems such as damaged seals around the toilet or improper installation of vents or traps in fixtures might be the cause of odors. Other contributing factors like air leaks, rotted or damp wood, or dry traps could also cause the problem. Homeowners can sometimes handle and correct some smaller issues, but it you have a bigger issue, don't hesitate to call the professionals. Here are some suggestions on how to eliminate sewer odor in your home…
Bathroom Sewer Odors
Does your bathroom smell like rotten eggs? It's not unusual for odors to originate from your toilet, so that's naturally a good place to begin checking for issues. Start by checking to be sure the toilet is properly secured to the floor. If your toilet rocks when sliding it from one side to the other, it's probably the sealing wax ring that needs to be fixed. That's probably a bigger job than most homeowners can fix, so calling a professional plumber is your best and quickest solution. Sometimes an air leak at the toilet's wax ring or in the vent pipe can also create a bad smell. 1st Call Disaster Services works with skilled and trustworthy plumbers everyday and can point you in the right direction for a professional fix.
Sewer Gas Odor
If you smell a foul sewer-like odor, it may be caused from sewer gas leakage from the drainage system. Besides smelling awful, it can be a serious health issue for your family. Not only can it make you sick, it can also cause an explosion from high concentrations of methane gas that is combustible. Sewer-like odors are not something you want to ignore. Other causes of sewer gas smell could be a damaged drain line, a dry or damaged trap, or a damaged or plugged vent. If you determine it's caused from a dry trap, pour water down the drain and call your professional plumber to fix the trap.
Sewage may be seeping through a damaged drain line allowing sewer gas smells to enter your home. Most damaged or plugged vents will need to be corrected by a certified plumber. 1st Call Disaster Services works with skilled and trustworthy plumbers everyday and can point you in the right direction for a professional fix.
It Smells When it Rains
If you smell stronger sewage odors after a rain, it may indicate a septic problem. Sewer gas can back up through drains after a rain storm, wet weather or local flooding and cause sewer smells inside your home. Rainwater will run to the lowest point of gravity and collect in the septic system through any crack or crevice. Unpleasant fumes are caused by the accumulation of gases to rise and move upward. It may be time for a certified plumber. 1st Call Disaster Services works with skilled and trustworthy plumbers everyday and can point you in the right direction for a professional fix.
When the Smell Later Turns Into Damage
It can start with a smell and then later turn into a backup or full blown water damage. That's when it's time to call a restoration professional like 1st Call Disaster Services to get your home or office cleaned, dried, and rebuilt. If you suspect a leak or possible water damage to your home it is best to call a professional since they will know exactly where to detect problems that can be hidden to the naked eye. Also a professional will have the proper equipment to dry-out your home and get your family back to living in a healthy home.
A good restoration company can make sure your water or sewage damage is fixed right and that you're out of pocket damage liability is kept to a minimum. We've helped numerous home and business owners and they and their insurance company always appreciate our surgical approach to restoration!