Why do your pipes smell bad?

There could be several reasons why there is a foul odor rising up through your pipes:

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  • Low Water Levels and Dry Traps:  Every plumbing fixture, from your sink to your toilet, has a U-shaped part called a trap.  The trap holds water that prevents sewer gases from entering your home.  If the trap doesn’t have enough water, the escaping gases could be the cause of the terrible scent.  A simple but effective prevention tip is to pour water down your drain at least once every three weeks.
  • Blocked Vents: Sewer gases are supposed to vent via pipes that rise up beyond the roof.  Like your chimney, these vents may become clogged due to damage or animals.  When that happens, the gases travel along the path of least resistance, which is usually back through your home.
  • Damaged Sewer Line: Your sewer lines can also suffer damage.  This is usually caused by some blockage or other deterioration of the line.  If you notice that the scent comes from more than one drain, this may most likely be the culprit.
  • Leaky Pipes or Seals: You should routinely check the connections and seals of your plumbing for leaks.  A crack in the wax seal at the base of your toilet or a broken pipe may indicate that you have a leak. This means you may have sewer water (and sewer smells) escaping to places they shouldn’t be.

Why you should not perform a DIY sewer inspection

You may think you’ll save some money by investigating the cause of bad sewer scents yourself.  The problem is your sewer is a mix of bacteria, waste products, and sewer gases.  Sewer gases contain hydrogen sulfide and methane.  Hydrogen sulfide is a toxic gas that causes your eyes and lungs to feel like they’re burning.  Methane is a readily flammable, explosive gas.  Discharging a spark in the correct air-methane concentration cause a fireball.  Between the two gases, it is critical for anyone working on a sewer to use properly rated breathing apparatus. 

Consider the cost of medical bills due to poisoning or fire injury.  Add to that the financial and monetary costs of rebuilding your house after a fire.  Now compare that to the cost of hiring a well-trained and properly equipped professional.   Doing the sewer inspection yourself may not seem like such a bargain anymore.  That’s why we will happily take on your sewer maintenance and repair needs for you.

Calling a plumber saves your time and money

There are more benefits to hiring a professional plumber besides safety. First, we save you time.  Our knowledge and experience allow us to assess the sewer situation quickly, then select and implement the best solution efficiently.  We can accurately assess what products you need and install them correctly the first time, which saves on costs. 

Your home and your family’s safety are too valuable to cut corners just to save some money.  Many do-it-yourself repairs underestimate the severity of the damage.  Repeating a patch-up job just erodes any potential savings from doing it yourself.  Instead, call us and a member of our team will perform a safe, comprehensive inspection. 

What Can You Expect When You Choose Us For Your Repair

When you select our team, your sewer problems will be managed by a qualified expert.  Our bonded and licensed professionals have over 20 years of experience in the business.  Sewer issues will be repaired quickly and at the best industry standard.  We will ensure that:

  • Your repairs are done effectively, and completed without residual mistakes.
  • All drains and pipes will be inspected thoroughly using cameras.  You will receive a copy of the footage when the repair is complete.
  • Upfront pricing which is fair and easy to understand.
  • The most appropriate tools and equipment for your job.
  • Every professional working on your sewer is trade licensed verified, and up-to-date on their certifications.

In short, we go the extra mile to make sure we treat you like we would want to be treated.  This means that we coordinate with you to ensure our work is of as little inconvenience to you as possible.  Work areas are covered so as not to expose you to the sewer unintentionally. We perform repairs as quickly and efficiently as possible, and when we’re done, we always clean up after ourselves. If you’re still not quite sure, take a look at the testimonials from our customers.  Read about the good work we’ve done.  Then, give us a call for a no-obligation quote.