Why Your House Smells Like Sewage

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Sewage Smells in Your Home

There’s a reason we work so hard to keep our plumbing systems out of our daily view: things can start to smell pretty bad. No one wants to come home after a long day of work to a house that smells like sewage, yet there are some plumbing issues that can cause these odors to spread.

We’re laying out some of the most common causes of sewage smells in your home and what you can do about them.

Dried Out P-Trap

The easiest problem resulting in a sewer smell is a dried-out p-trap in your sink or toilet. These traps are small dips in the pipe to catch solids that may inadvertently fall into the drain. They also hold water, which acts as a blockage to prevent sewage smells from coming back up the pipe.

When the water dries out, there’s no longer a stop for the odor and it will eventually come back up your drain. The solution to this problem is simple because all it takes is running some water or a flush of the toilet to stop the smell!

Faulty Toilet Seal

Your toilet is sealed and needs to remain sealed in order to prevent water and air leaks. If you notice the sewage smell localized around your toilet, the seal is likely the culprit.

If there is a small leak, try adding some caulk to seal it. If the toilet has come completely apart from the floor, we recommend having a plumbing professional fix the issue.

Broken Vent Pipe

Another issue that requires the help of a plumber is a broken or clogged vent pipe. Throughout your home, vent pipes take the air created by your various plumbing-related activities and release it into the outside. This helps to regulate pressure and prevent bad odors.

But when the pipe has an issue, like a crack or clog, the air isn’t moving how it normally would. Therefore, it’s important to address the issue so the bad smells don’t continue to penetrate your home.

We’ll Find and Eliminate Sewage Odors in Your Home

If you discover these or any other issues related to sewage odors in your home, contact the team at Brownie's Septic and Plumbing, LLC to quickly solve the problem. We can be reached at (407) 890-0116 or through our online contact form.

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