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How to Identify and Eliminate a Sewer Gas Smell In Your Home

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How to Identify and Eliminate a Sewer Gas Smell In Your Home

Sewer gas has a distinct smell that isn’t very pleasant. However, there may be another reason to worry. Have you noticed a strange sewer gas smell coming from somewhere in your home? If you have ever smelled it, you know it’s not something that you can easily ignore. However, it can also be a warning sign that there may be some serious issues you need to address. View our outline to find out what that smell is, what it means, where it’s coming from and what you should do about it.

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What Is That Smell?

If you notice a strong odor in your home that smell is similar to that of rotten eggs, it’s most likely sewer gas. This gas is usually first detected in the basement. It’s often near water and utility lines and sometimes in the bathroom. Sewer gas consists of¬†ammonia, methane, carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, and a sulfur dioxide.

It’s the sulfur compound in the mixture that reeks like rotten eggs. The sulfur compound is also the most toxic in the mixture. The methane and bacteria can be a dangerous combination to your health. It can cause headaches and additional, more severe, health problems. At high concentrations, methane gas can be combustible. In fact, it could even cause an explosion. So, it’s definitely a problem that should not be dismissed.

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Where Does the Sewer Gas Come From?

There are a few places that the sewer gas smell can possibly originate.

  • Sewer Back-Up
  • Leaks Due to Rotted Or Cracked Drain Pipes
  • A Clogged Drain
  • Loose Fitting Pipe Connections
  • A Stopped-Up or Too-Short Vent Pipe
  • Old Toilet Wax Ring
  • A Dry Trap

How to Eliminate a Sewer Gas Smell

First, you should open your windows and take measures to ventilate your home. Next, try to identify the source. If you have a dry trap somewhere in your house, there may be a simple solution to eliminating the sewer gas smell. These are often, but not always, found in basements. If you do find a dry trap, try pouring a bucket of water down the trap.

This will help to irrigate it. This may be all that is needed to solve the problem. If this does not work, you can also try mixing one cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup of baking soda. Pour it down the trap and flush with hot water. If the sewer gas smell continues to be present once you have tried these remedies, you will need to call a professional plumber immediately. The smell can be hazardous. It should not be inhaled any longer than is absolutely necessary.

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If you need assistance combating sewer gas in your home, book an appointment with our team of plumbers. We offer exceptional sewer line repair and installation services for homeowners in Virginia. In addition, our technicians offer other types of emergency plumbing services such as drain cleaning, water heater installation, faucet replacement, and water leak repair. Give our team of plumbers a call at (571) 281-0281 to receive help with sewer odors in your house.

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