Does Your Home Smell Like Sewer?

Ever get a whiff of something that doesn’t smell right in your home? Sometimes it is something as simple as a garbage that needs to be emptied or some spoiled milk in the fridge. But there is a distinct odor to sewage and waste, and if you smell it in or around your home, it could mean problems. Here are some tips to find the source of the smell and fix the issue.

Pin Point the Source

Sewer smells are usually going to come from one of two places; drains or outdoors. Take a sniff near your drains, especially those in the lower levels of the house. Is there one drain that has a stronger smell, do they all have an odor or is there no odor near your drains? Drains that smell like sewage can mean a backup or blockage in your system.

If the smell is outside, look for wet spots in your yard. You could have a broken sewer pipe. If you have a septic system, check around your septic tank and drain field. Look for wet areas and sniff for stronger odors. Septic tanks can leak and drain fields can fail, which can create a sewage odor.

Call a Professional

Whether you have a blocked sewer pipe, a septic problem or a broken main sewer line, you need professional help to get your sewer issue resolved. Call your local plumbing company that offers both plumbing and sewer repairs for an inspection. They can help find the exact source of the problem and offer a solution to stop the odor and fix the sewer issue, whether it is inside or outside of your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Seagraves Plumbing Sewer & Septic
4980 Plant Atkinson Rd SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
(494) 792-2221

Broken Pipe Repairs

A broken pipe is a serious plumbing problem especially if it is a pressurized water line or drain line that’s hidden behind the walls or buried underground.  Broken pipes can be caused by many different things but one of the most common is a frozen pipe.  Since water expands when it freezes, a frozen pipe is a real problem.  As the water freezes inside the pipe it will expand and the pipe will crack or burst.  As soon as the weather warms up and the pipe thaws, look out!

A broken pipe can be a small leek or a steady spray of water.  In either event, you will need to call a reputable local plumber to fix the leak as quickly as possible.  A leaking or broken pipe can cause severe damage to walls, floor and ceilings as well as causing water damage to your personal property.

In addition, a leaky pipe wastes a lot of water and damp or wet walls, ceilings, floors, insulation, and other areas promote mold and mildew growth.  You need to get any broken or leaking pipes fixed as quickly as possible.  While waiting for the plumber to arrive, you should turn off the main water supply inside your home. If the break is in the water supply line, try turning off the water supply at the street.

A professional plumber has the expertise to locate a broken or leaking water line that’s hidden in the walls and to repair the broken line quickly while doing as little damage to your walls, floors and ceilings as possible.