"That Smell" Not the song by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Country living comes with all kinds of pleasantries, but septic systems are not high on that list for any of us. Sure they're great and useful when the time hits, but lets face it, the smell can be down right horrific. Today I'll hit on septic odors inside the home.

A septic odor or smell in your home doesn't always mean there is a serious problem. Gases will flow upwards through the pipe and out the drains when traps become dry. P traps, not "Pee" traps as others may think it's called, are designed to hold water which becomes a seal between the inside of your home and the gases that are within your septic tank. At times when running a washing machine, the plumbing system will get flushed with so much suction that it can pull the water from the traps which will allow gases to enter. If you start getting that unmistakable odor, try running water in your sinks and tubs for about a minute. That should allow the trap to fill and block the gases.

If odors do persist then the problem may be more severe and a septic company should be called to investigate your system. The key to any home system is maintenance and there are a lot of things you can do as a home owner that costs nothing. Keep water use to a minimum, don't use the sinks or toilets as if they were trash cans. Food and or other wastes such as oils and or paint should be disposed of properly. Just these few simple things can go a long way in maintaining a good working septic system and as always, if you have any questions please feel free to give us a call!