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Plumbing FAQ: What’s That Smell?

drainWe are not here to tell you just how important your plumbing system is in your day to day life. Assuming that you have indoor plumbing at all, then you are already well aware of how much more convenient, hygienic, and comfortable your life is than it otherwise could be in the absence of such a system. That being said, we will be using today’s post to highlight the fact that any problem with your plumbing system could seriously, and negatively, affect your life.

The “good” news here, if you can really call it that, is that many plumbing problems are going to present you with some pretty clear evidence that something is amiss. One such warning sign is a foul odor coming from your drains or around your property. As is the case with most problems in life, there is more than one potential cause of such odors. Here are a few reasons that you may have odorous plumbing in Williamsburg.

Causes of Foul Odors from Your Plumbing System

The odor of sewage is obviously not something that anyone is going to willingly invite into their home. If you can smell sewage around your property and it only seems to be lingering outdoors, though, that does not mean that you are off the hook. You could very well have a ruptured sewer line, or even a leak in your septic tank if you use one.

There are a few reasons why a sewer line may rupture. It could be damaged during the completion of construction around your property. Conditions such as subfreezing temperatures affecting your land could be to blame, as well. It is even possible for tree roots to force their way into the sewer line as they seek out water and what basically amounts to fertilizer.

Not all causes of foul odors are quite so serious, though. If you have odors coming from your kitchen sink, for instance, and scrubbing the sink out does not alleviate the symptom, then you may need to have your drains cleaned. Fats and grease may have congealed in your drains, which can lead to foul odors themselves. Add to that the various foodstuffs that could be trapped by those materials in the drains, and you can imagine that things can get quite foul indeed.

If you do want to schedule drain cleaning, be sure to do so with trained professionals equipped with the right tools to do the job. If the problem doesn’t seem to warrant that approach, you can whip up a solution of vinegar and baking soda to see if pouring that down the drain will do the trick.

We typically do not recommend the use of store-bought cleaners in order to remove clogs in drains, as they are generally quite ineffective and may actually have corrosive properties. If you do want to try a drain cleaner for dealing with odors, though, look for one with natural enzymes. It will be environmentally safe and go easy on your plumbing components.

Schedule your plumbing services with House Call Company. Contact us and see how we can make you smile. 

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