Sewer gas odors not only smell horrible, they can make your family
ill. Caused by methane and bacteria, this odor in the winter months
means something isn’t right with your plumbing. Proper maintenance and
inspection of all your plumbing will help keep the system in working
order, and keep the odors at bay.
What is Sewer Gas?
gas odor is caused by a mixture of methane gas and bacteria. The smell
isn’t just unpleasant it can actually make you ill. The most common
ailment from this methane and bacteria mixture is a headache. In
addition to making you ill, a buildup of methane gas is combustible,
which puts your entire family at risk if it explodes.
you have a septic tank it’s a good idea to have it pumped at least
every three years. If you have had a new tank installed, it will not
need to be pumped for five years. It’s best to check with the
regulations in your area, as some cities have different codes. Odors
that have been created by the pumping process should dissipate in a
couple of days. In order to keep your septic system
flushing a packet of baker’s yeast down the toilet a couple of times
Before and after
every winter season you need to do a visual check for any broken or
leaking pipes and covers. If there are any broken, cracked or missing
pipes or pipe covers you will need to replace them immediately. It’s
also a good idea to climb onto the roof and check the vent stacks at the
same time. Animals can nest in the stacks if the covers are loose or
missing, and leaves and other yard debris can create a seal that will
cause the system to leak odors into your home. To prevent the vent
stacks from freezing during the colder months paint them black. The dark
color will attract the winter sun and prevent a buildup of ice.
internal home sewer odors come from dry traps. To prevent your traps
from drying out, flush all toilets and run water in the sinks and
bathtubs at least once every three weeks.
cold winter months can wreak havoc on a septic system. Everything from
cracks in the pipes to animals nesting and ice buildup in the vent
stacks can cause horrible sewer odors to leak inside and outside the
home. If you have questions about your septic system, or want a
professional to check your system for you, contact the professionals at
All About The Pipes Plumbing, Inc.
and schedule a professional septic
inspection before you have odor problems.