Keeping Our Plumbing On Point

Keeping Our Plumbing On Point

Potential Causes Of Septic Tank Smells

by Alexa Kim

Having a stinky septic tank in your home is unpleasant, but it can also be dangerous. Here is some information about diagnosing and treating a septic tank that smells. 

Gas Leaks

First, it's important to distinguish whether your septic tank smell is due to waste or if it's actually a gas leak. Certain home gases can have an unpleasant smell similar to rotten eggs, which may make you think it's a sewer leak. Check your home for gas, fuel gas, and other relevant gas leaks right away if you notice a smell. 

Septic Tank Backups

Once you're sure you don't have a gas leak on your hands, you can begin to root out the causes of septic failure. For example, a septic tank can back up for many reasons. If you don't get a septic pumping on a regular basis, the tank may simply be full. Sometimes in periods of heavy use, your tank can fill up more quickly than you expect it to, leaving the tank overflowing. 

Issues With Your Drain Field 

Several issues with the drain field can cause odors, but one of the most common is problems with your septic tank's biomat. The biomat is a layer of bacteria that helps to process sewage waste that comes out of your tank. It can stop working properly if the drain field is clogged, for instance, leaving your tank with too much material and not enough processing speed. 

Plumbing Problems

Sometimes the issue isn't a septic problem at all, but rather an issue with your home's plumbing. You might suspect that this is the issue if your septic tank smell is limited to one room of the house, such as a bathroom. It may be that the toilet is leaking or loose. Fortunately, many septic tank repair services have a decent knowledge of indoor plumbing, as well, and they can give you advice on whether your plumbing is causing a problem. 

What to Do When Your Septic Tank Smells

If you notice a septic tank smell, the best thing to do is to call a septic tank service in for an emergency visit. Many sources of septic tank smells can be potentially dangerous by exposing you to harmful gases or bacteria. Your septic pumping team will inspect the inside of the tank, the drain field, and the plumbing connections to diagnose the problem and treat it quickly. Hopefully, the whole process won't disrupt your home life for too long. 

To learn more, contact a company like Elliott's Septic Service.


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Keeping Our Plumbing On Point

After dealing with a debilitating sewage flood a few years back, I decided to turn my attention to the proper care and maintenance of our septic tank. We had never spent much time trying to keep things in good shape, but we didn't want to deal with another sewage problem. To make things right, we met with the septic tank professionals and talked about how to keep our system in good shape. We worked hard to check for problems, and we called in the professionals at the first sign of trouble. Ever since then, we haven't had any issues. This blog is all about keeping your plumbing on point.