Septic Tank Odors

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If you are experiencing septic tank odor, that may be a signal to you that you have a problem with your septic system. What does the odor indicate? Your system may require you to restore a vent or fix an even more significant problem like drainage in the area surrounding your septic tank. Issues like this could indicate spillover for a deficient system which would then require your system to be pumped out. Septic tank odor is unpleasant and creates an unhealthy environment.

If your septic tank doesn’t already have them, you or a professional can install roof top vents on your septic tank. Roof top vents allow for the equalization of pressure to form in the pipes of your septic system. When this favorable condition occurs, bathtub drains and toilets stop their incessant annoying bubbling noises. These noises can occur as waste water runs out to the septic tank. Septic tank odor will exist if the roof vents become blocked and the water isn’t able to pass through freely. If this occurs the vents should be cleaned and a carbon filter can also be placed on the vent to help with the elimination of septic odors. You can attain filters online or at a home improvement store.

If you have not had your septic tank pumped within the last year or two, you should do so as soon as possible because the odor may be indicating that you have a major problem on your hands. What you may smell is waste leaking into your septic field. If this disastrous condition occurs, your septic tank should be emptied by a septic professional who will then detect if you have any other issues that need to be addressed. A crack may have formed in your tank and if so, you would then have to invest money on a new septic tank. This can be quite expensive and is why maintaining healthy septic system is so important. If used on a consistent basis, products containing good bacteria and other additives can foster a healthy septic tank environment.

Odor emitting from your septic tank is not healthy for your family or for the environment. Septic waste is toxic and can spread disease. If you are experiencing bad odors, take immediate action to solve the problem.

By: Bradley Skierkowski