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Common Solutions for Sewer Smell

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.


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.


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.

Holiday Season Septic Repair

It’s December: we’ve made it past the day after Thanksgiving, one of the busiest days of the year for plumbers across Asheville and America. If you are like one of the two million plumbing customers in North Carolina who have a septic field outside their home, it’s possible this busy day at the bathroom has caused your system some septic damage too. It’s not only what you’re probably thinking, but also the abundance of pure animal grease dumped down the drain that adds to the tendency for the day after Turkey Day to be a nightmare for pipes across the nation. This additional ingredient can also be problematic for a city’s infrastructure, not just for a family’s home plumbing.


Overall, one of the biggest long-term factors in the health of a septic drain field is the management of grease. Usually it takes a few decades for this kind of a problem to reach critical mass, before a drain field might, in the worst case scenario, need to be shifted to a new place on a customer’s land. You can imagine how holidays like Thanksgiving could acutely add to the buildup in a septic field. For this reason, just be sure to dispose of excess cooking grease, as well as leftovers, in the trash—not the sink! Your septic field has to deal with the gradual disposal of grease that is part of the normal cooking and waste cycle, so it’s best to practice responsible disposal on this and all days of the year. Considering that it would cost several thousand dollars to replace a drain field, it is not an eventuality you should wish to bring about any sooner than necessary.


As always, just be an alert homeowner and know what a healthy septic system looks like. Sewage should stay in the septic system. If you have a backup in the house, or see anything rising to the surface or smelling foul above your drain field, please don’t hesitate to call us at All About Plumbing & Septic for septic service in the Asheville, NC area.

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5521 Old Haywood Rd
Mills River, NC 28759
PO Box 1041
Hendersonville, NC 28793





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All About Plumbing & Septic is a proud family business with a passion and commitment to providing the best and most professional plumbing and septic service repairs in the industry. Our goal is to be honest, friendly, and courteous to all of our customers with the utmost respect to their homes and property while providing the highest quality services. We are here to improve and better our community through our services and interactions.