A hallmark sign of a well-kept septic tank is being scent-free. However, odors wafting up from the ground are a sure sign of something going on. Thankfully, we at Marion Pumper can get to the bottom of the issue.
So, what causes septic odors? Usually, smells result from gas building up within the tank that is too acidic to be broken down properly. Septic odors are a nuisance and can harm your health in large enough concentrations, so you should have your system checked if you notice foul odors. In the meantime, let’s look at some reasons for the odor.
One of the main reasons for septic odors is a full tank. Clogs can form as the tank reaches capacity, leading to smells outside and inside your home. One way to solve this problem is to pump your tank every 3-5 years, depending on your use and tank size. If you are already getting your tank pumped regularly, there may be something else going on.
A clog in your roof vents may also be the reason for your smelly septic system. Sometimes, these vents can become clogged, which can cause septic odors inside your home. Bubbling in your toilets, sinks, or tub are a tell-tale sign that something is blocking your plumbing vents. Making sure your plumbing vents are free from nests, leaves, and other debris will reduce unwanted smells. If your septic odors are mainly outside your home and near your tank, the problem may be an unsecured manhole cover or riser. Our technicians can assess where the septic smells are coming from and find a solution. Contact us today if you need help with this or any other septic problem.