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A Stubborn Smell In Your House?

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Plumbing system odors are annoying to say the least, but the worst part is that these are usually a sign of a bigger problem lurking within your plumbing system. If you have any strange odors coming from your plumbing fixtures, call a professional plumber right away to diagnose your problem. There are several causes of odors that may result from your plumbing system. Here are some of the most common.

A buildup of food in your garbage disposal

If smells are coming from your kitchen sink, the garbage disposal might require cleaning. In addition to the accumulation of food itself, the process of chopping your food into tiny little bits could leave behind bacteria that can accumulate and cause a foul smell. You can run hot water and fragrant dishwashing liquid down the disposal to see if you can get rid of the small by yourself. Should this fail, you may need to call your plumber to help clean the disposal.

Cracked drainpipe

A crack in the drainpipe is one of the most serious causes of home odors. The sewer gasses that escape into your home through the crack can smell like rotten eggs. This is a very unpleasant smell and a problem that should be repaired swiftly. If the smell is consistent, the problem is likely to be a cracked drainpipe inside your home. If the smell comes and goes, the crack is probably below the ground level. It may take a camera inspection to find the crack.

Blocked vent pipe

The vent pipe is the pipe that extends through your roof and allows plumbing system gasses to escape into the air. It can become blocked with leaves or even a bird’s nest. A blocked vent pipe will put more pressure on the trap seals of your plumbing fixtures, causing them to leak and allow gasses to escape into your home.

Don’t DIY

While there are many types of plumbing repairs that a skilled person with a few basic tools can undertake successfully. this isn’t one of them! If you notice your home smelling like sewage or decayed food, call us right away.

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