One of the common complaints we at All About Plumbing & Septic receive from customers in the Asheville and Hendersonville, NC area is about sewer smell. This is the not-so-subtly named issue of your home suddenly smelling more like a sewer than you’d like it to. Luckily, this is usually not as terrible a plumbing issue as you might expect. The source of the foul odor is probably readily identifiable from a short list. Sewer smell can sometimes be a DIY fix, although other times it will best be remedied by a visit from your trusted plumber.
WHAT TO CHECK IF YOU SMELL SCENTS OF SEWAGE IN THE HOME
Basically, a properly functioning plumbing system maintains the water pressure in your home through a balanced array of vents and drains. Water in the pipes blocks air traveling through them. If the pressure is adequately maintained in your pipes, there will be no room for the yucky aromas to find their way up from the sewer into your house. If you have an older system that lacks the proper traps in your sink setup, then fortunately this situation can be fixed by a plumber such as All About Plumbing & Septic. Rather than a straight angle pipe going from the sink to the ground, a U-shaped trap can be placed in-line that makes the water linger in that part of the plumbing after it leaves the sink. This is one way to maintain the right kind of pressure in the pipe in order to guard against sewer smell.
MAINTAINING THE RIGHT KIND OF PRESSURE
Anything that can let air in where it shouldn’t get, can be responsible for this problem. Vent lines and traps are both important parts of the plumbing system that when malfunctioning can cause unwanted scents to enter your home. If a trap goes dry, such as one connected to a floor drain, it can lose its seal. In some cases this can even be a quick fix – just pouring an amount of water down the affected drain could do the trick. If the vent line is the problem (usually associated with a gurgling toilet or sink) there could be a solid object such as a dead animal afflicting it. If you suspect this is the cause, please call a professional plumber. There can be any number of other reasons for what is causing your plumbing to act up, from the seal around the toilet to the quality of old pipes. If you need advice, All About Plumbing & Septic can solve your home plumbing problems in Asheville, North Carolina.