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What's That Smell? Common Sewer Issues & Potential Causes

Stinking sewer issues can be as embarrassing as they are problematic. Not only can these types of issues be difficult for the non-plumber, they can also be hazardous to the health of you and your houseguests. The good news is, with the help of a professional plumber, you can get that smell handled before the crisis becomes overwhelming.

Loose or Missing Sewer Trap Plugs

When homeowners complain of a sewer smell, the problem usually comes down to a case of loose or missing sewer trap plugs. What happens is the bottom of the sewer access pit in your home may not be properly sealed. The seal should be held in place with a trap plug, but if the plug is loose or missing sewer gasses could leak from the public sewer into your home.

Luckily, this common issue is easy to fix and affordable, with replacement parts costing around $10. The replacement process is generally quick and simple if performed by a certified plumber.

Dried Out Water Barrier Trap

The barrier trap works to prevent the public sewer gasses from leaking into your home, but if this trap becomes dried out, it could render the barrier defective. Usually, this only happens in homes where the water is not run often, such as guest homes, vacation houses, and so on.

Sometimes this can be solved simply by running your water, which fills the tank and may reseal the barrier. However, sometimes the problem is more complex and could be indicative of a more serious issue.

Problems With the Leader Line or Area Drains

If the sewer smell seems to come from outside of your home, you might be having an issue with your city sewer. This could affect your roof leader lines or area drains. To solve this issue, your plumber will likely need to install a P trap to each roof leader outlet.

Any of these issues can be simple or complex, depending on your situation. The important thing to remember is that any problem involving sewage can seriously endanger your health. Not to mention the stench is awful! If you are dealing with a sewer issue, our plumbers can help you find a solution.

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