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3 Reasons You Can Smell Your Septic Tank Inside Your House

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The one smell that no one really wants to smell inside of their house is sewage. If you have a septic tank and can smell the sewage from it inside of your house, you have a problem. Here are the three most common reasons you can smell your septic tank inside of your home and what you can do about it.

#1 Dry Drains

One of the most common reasons for the smell of sewage to start stinking up your house is dry drains. Most all the drains in your house that go out to your septic tank have what is referred to as a trap in them. The trap is a section of pipe that looks like the shape of the letter U.

Water gets trapped in the trap. The water prevents the smells and gases from your sewage tank from making their way through your pipes and out into your house.

When the water dries up inside of the trap, there is nothing to stop the smell of sewage from reaching your house. This happens most often in places where the drain is not used very often, such as your guest bathroom or your outside sink.

All you have to do when this happens is run some water through your drains. This will refill the trap with water and prevent the gases from your septic tank from creeping into your house.

#2 Clogged Vent Stack

Some of the vents on top of your house are actually for your plumbing system. Anywhere where you have a toilet, you probably also have vent stack, which is a pipe that goes through your house all the way up to your roof. The purpose of the vent stack is to reduce odors from your drainage system out through the top of your house instead of inside of it.

The odor from your septic tank will generally be coming from your bathroom area if your vent stacks are clogged. If you have not cleared off your roof in a while, you are going to need to get up on your roof or hire someone to do so. You will need to make sure that you remove all leaves and debris from around your vent stacks.

#3 Broken Seal

Finally, broken seals around your pipes allow the smell from your septic tank to steal into your house. You can generally find the broken seal by following the smell and figuring out where it is the strongest. That is probably where the seal is broken. If you don't know much about plumbing, you should probably call up your plumber and have them come in and fix the broken seal for you.

If you notice that your house is starting to smell like a septic tank, make sure you check out the following three issues listed above in order to determine where the smell is coming from. 

For professional help with your septic tank, contact a company such as Southern Sanitary Systems Inc.