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.
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.
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.
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.
That's what to do if you start to smell something. Do something now to prevent a major problem. If you have a sewer or septic system backup, you should call a professional. Here's why…
The number one reason that the home or business owner should not attempt to clean up a sewer or drain backup loss is for the simple fact that most average citizens haven't had the immunization series of vaccinations that prevent the spread of bacteria and disease that can occur when cleaning up sewer or drain back ups. Restated: it's simply not a smart decision and it puts you are anyone needlessly at risk of jeopardizing their otherwise healthy lives.
BUT…What We Strongly Suggest Is That You Call a Professional Restoration Service – A professional service can properly execute a plan that addresses not only health and safety but also has the capability and expertise to properly and completely sanitize and dry out the structure.
Good restoration companies will respond with about an hour and hey can help you work with your insurance company and evaluate the damage as well as processing the restoration of your damaged areas. You want someone there who knows how to fix the situation for the least amount of out of pocket expense.
A good restoration company can make sure your water or wind or fire 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!