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Plumbing Odors: Troubleshooting Tips

Dealing with plumbing odors? Take a look at common culprits 

Plumbing odors in a home are hard to deny. They quickly fill a room or even the home, and can be difficult to pinpoint the source at times. Sewer gas is a common plumbing odor. While plumbing issues often require a plumber for plumbing repair, some common causes can be eliminated without calling a plumber in Sugar Land:

Dry Traps

Drains contain a u-shaped trap that holds water to seal out sewer gas preventing it from entering the home. However, if you have a drain that has been unused for some time, the water in the trap can evaporate, allowing sewer gas to enter the home. The solution is simple, allow water to run and refill the trap. You may want to repeat approximately every 2-4 weeks, and sewer gas should never be a problem again from dry traps.

Back drafting is an additional problem with dry traps. If the odor only seems to occur when you run the exhaust fan, the fan is drawing sewer gas up from the drain. Taking care of the dry trap should solve the problem.

Ventilation Problems

Plumbing vents terminate at the roof and provide pressure equalization, as well as a source for sewer gas to escape. The vents can potentially become blocked due to bird’s nests, wasp nests, leaves and other debris. Plumbing vents should be inspected biannually and cleaned as needed. A blocked vent may also cause flushing the toilet to emit sewer odors when the seal of the toilet’s wax ring has been broken. Replacing the wax ring and clearing the ventilation pipe blockage should take care of the odor. A Benjamin Franklin plumber in Sugar Land can provide the reliable plumbing services you require.

Clogged Drain

A clogged drain is a common cause of plumbing odors and smelly drains. Professional drain cleaning should take care of the clog, poor drainage and the odor. However, if the drain smells like sewage and the trap hasn’t been idle to allow for a dry trap, a leak in the trap may be occurring.

Abandoned Drains

If you live in an older home, or have an older business, and it has been newly plumbed, check for abandoned drain lines that have been cut without sealing indoors and out. A drain line that is still connected to the sewer pipe and hasn’t been sealed is a direct line for sewer gas to escape, causing odor.

In addition, older homes may lack plumbing ventilation. Contact a plumber in Sugar Land the upgrade of ventilation to your home’s plumbing. Plumbing vents should always discharge outdoors above the roof. Vents that terminate inside an attic or unacceptable and allow sewer gas in the home.

Improperly installed Vents

Vent pipes less than 2 inches in diameter, and those that terminate too close to the roof can experience blockage from ice in freezing weather or snow. Contact a plumber in Sugar Land for the installation of a proper ventilation pipe. Plumbing vents are a critical component of the plumbing system. While rare, sewer gas contains methane, which is an explosive gas and potentially dangerous. Call Benjamin Franklin today for plumbing repair.

Broken Drains

Broken drains can allow sewer gas to escape. Check the drains for damage that can allow the gas to enter the home.

Plumbing Cleanouts

If you have recently cleaned a sewer pipe through a plumbing cleanout, check to ensure you replaced the cleanout plug. Without the plug, sewer gas has a direct path into your basement.

Cracked or Broken Sewer Line

A damaged sewer line can allow odors to enter the home. Use your nose to check the sewer lines in the basement if leakage isn’t evident. If you are unable to detect the source of plumbing odors in your home, contact a Benjamin Franklin Plumbing plumber in Sugar Land.

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg offers licensed, expert plumbers for a wide range of residential and commercial plumbing services. Our professional plumbers can locate and repair the issue causing plumbing odors in your home. Our experienced plumbers possess the expertise to provide quality plumbing that meets and/or exceeds the industry standards. For plumbing you can rely on contact a Ben Franklin plumber in Sugar Land. We serve Sugar Land, Katy, Houston and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.