Scary Plumbing Smells and How to Get Rid of Them
Have you walked into your bathroom or kitchen lately and gotten a whiff of something not-so-pleasant? Those scary smells may be coming from your sink, tub, or toilet. Here’s what may be causing them – and how to get them taken care of, fast!
Where’s It Coming From?
What’s causing that smell? Here are some common reasons for stinky plumbing:
- Pipe blockage or clogs – Think about the things that go down your drain every day. If that gets stuck, think about how bad it will smell after a few days – or weeks – in those pipes. Clogs and blockage are the top reasons for stinky smells in the kitchen and bathroom.
- Sewer smell – In pipes that are used less often, sewage may back up through the plumbing and cause unpleasant smells in the home.
- Something in the water – If there are sulfates in your water, it can have an unpleasant odor.
- The buildup of mildew or mold – Even if your pipes have the smallest leak you can imagine, they can lead to a buildup of smelly mold and mildew in walls, ceilings, or floors.
How to Get Rid of Plumbing Stink
Now that you have a better idea of what’s causing those foul odors in your home, how can you get rid of them? That’s what most people ask when they call their plumber, but the answer isn’t always a simple one. You may be able to flush or unclog your drain yourself; if the stuff clogging it up is close to the surface or easily cleaned with a flushing solution, you’re in luck. Otherwise, it might require a visit from your plumber to get things smelling better.
Don’t wait to see if that stink goes away on its own. Contact us at Same Day Service Plumbing for everything you need to rid your home of those scary smells – and keep them away!
When Is It Time To Replace or Repair Your Sewer Line?
Symptoms and signs indicating you might need a sewer line repair or replacement
Every home is dependent on a single sewer line that removes wastewater out of your house plumbing system and keeps all home appliances and fixtures running efficiently for everyday use. Therefore, your sewer line plays a vital role in the smooth functioning of your overall home plumbing system. As a homeowner, it is typically your responsibility to maintain, repair and replace the sewer line running from your house to the center of the street. Your city municipal takes care of the lines from the street to the main sewer system.
Most people don’t really think about sewer line until they start experiencing problems. As long as it does its work constantly, they don’t find any reason to worry about. But when issues rise, homeowners can have a real mess to deal with and ruin the safety and comfort of your living space.
Common Causes of Sewer Line Problems
Some of the most common causes of sewer line problems like clogging and pipe breakages are
- Tree root intrusion and growth of bushes into the sewer line
- Wrongful ways of garbage, human and solid waste disposal that gets flushed down the toilets, or sinks and tub drains
- Old age cast iron pipes that can fail anytime
- Channelized, cracked and misaligned pipe connections
Therefore, it is important that you get your sewer pipelines checked regularly for any potential need for repairs or replacement.
Warning Signals of Sewer Line Problems
Homeowners tend to forget and neglect maintenance of their sewer lines because most of their home’s plumbing system is invisible and they are unable to notice any potential problems early enough. Timely detection of sewer line issues can significantly reduce the cost and effort of repairing and maintaining your plumbing system. Here are some common signs that indicate your sewer line is collapsed or deteriorating and needs repair or replacement.
- Slow drain of water from sinks, toilets and bathtubs
- Lowering water pressure in your sink or shower, or varying water levels in your toilet bowl (normal to overly full or overly empty water levels at different times)
- Constant wastewater and sanitary sewer backups and blockages
- Leaking pipes in the house
- Standing water, pooling of waste water in your yard, foul smelling puddles, damp and wet spots
- Lingering sewer gas odor in and around your property
- Mold growth in ceilings and walls
- Noticeable patch of extra lush green grass in your yard
- An indentation, under paver or dip in your lawn just above where your main sewer line runs
- Development of cracks in the foundation slab, void under the foundation or in the yard, foundation settlement, or sinkholes
- Flooding or water spots in the basement or foundation particularly around the drains, usually accompanied by a foul sewer smell
- Persistent rodent problem and insect infestation that doesn’t go away even after pest control measures
- Considerably loud gurgling noise coming from flow of water through pipes while using the shower or washing the dishes
- A sudden rise in your water bill as compared to previous months indicating leakage and wastage of water
Addressing Sewer Line Warning Signals
It is extremely important that you keep your property drains and pipes clean and unclogged at all times. A clogged or damaged sewer line can have long-lasting adverse effects on your home plumbing system if it goes unattended. Sometimes the issue can escalate and create a more serious problem. Therefore, if you suspect any problem with your sewer line or come across any warning signs of a sewer line issue, then you must take immediate steps to address it promptly.
Sometimes homeowners look for temporary solutions to resolve grievous sewer line problems by simply patching instead of replacing their existing old pipes, or use chemical drain cleaners to solve a slow drain or blockage. Other failed temporary fixes include using copper sulfate to repel roots or running a snake through your pipes to clear out the tree roots. This can do even more damage to your sewer line than any good and continue to give you repeated problems in the near future.
Long Lasting Resolutions for Sewer Line problems
Patching jobs are far more expensive than replacing the entire sewer line. That is why timely Sewer Line Replacements makes more sense to save money and have peace of mind with no need for repairs for years to come.
If you are experiencing any of these signs of a sewer line problem, or wanting to check out the condition of the line before any crisis develops, then it can be detected by getting a Sewer Video Inspection done by qualified professionals. A camera that runs through the line will identify any impending problems.
Same Day Service Plumbing is a professional, licensed company with years of experience that conducts thorough inspection and offers best trenchless sewer repair and replacement service that can quickly help you overcome your sewer system problems.
If you need sewer line repairs or replacements, speak to one of our experts at 888-937-3350 for a free consultation today!