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Plumbing FAQ: Why Is There a Sewer Smell In Our House?

There’s probably nothing worse than the smell of sewage in your home. Those sour smells can really disturb the comfort of your home. As one of the leading providers of plumbing services in your area, one of the common questions we encounter from clients is, “Why is there a sewer smell in our house?” While you may typically think that sewer smells should come from outside the home, your bathroom and kitchen drains are connected to the sewer system directly and that smell indicates a serious problem with your waste disposal system. Fortunately, we’re here to help. In today’s post, we’d like to explain where this sewer smell might be coming from. Call The Sunny Plumber today for comprehensive Scottsdale plumbing services.

Top reasons why your house may smell like a sewer:

  • Faulty traps. There are traps for every drain connected to your wastewater disposal system. These are bends in the piping that allow a water seal to form and keep smells and fumes from entering back into your home. But if these are dried out, or they do not work properly, the smells of the sewer might come straight back into your home.
  • Debris. Even if your sewer line is not totally clogged, it may have a significant accumulation of hair, grease, and other organic waste. When this builds up, it can cause serious wastewater disposal problems, one of which is the smell of sewage in the home. Consider a routine drain cleaning service if this problem happens to you.
  • Sewer line fault. Your main sewer line can fail for a number of reasons, one of which is that tree roots can penetrate the surface of the pipe. Roots exert an incredible amount of pressure as they move underground, and if they’re big enough, they can cause problems for your sewer line. Alternatively, whether due to old age, or soil erosion, your sewer line can crack under pressure or even collapse.

We are experts when it comes to drains and sewers. We offer comprehensive diagnostics using the latest technological equipment, such as video camera inspection, so that we can figure exactly what’s causing the smell. We also offer trenchless sewer replacement to eliminate the trench digging that used to accompany sewer replacement and repair. Call The Sunny Plumber today at (602) 734-5106 for comprehensive Scottsdale plumbing services.

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