3 Ways To Prevent Septic Odors In Your Home

Your septic tank is a key part of your home's plumbing system, but can develop a number of operational problems over time due to the complexity of the system and the amount of everyday use that it sees. One of the most common problems that can manifest itself is the presence of the smell of sewage or waste in your home, which can point to more serious problems with your septic system as a whole. Thankfully, there are a number of things that can be done to prevent septic tank odors, and the underlying plumbing problems that they can indicate, from occurring.

1. Avoid Flushing Foreign Items

One of the most common reasons why your home's plumbing may begin to allow the smell of sewage or waste to enter your home is because a clog has developed in your septic system's plumbing. When this happens, even if the clog is only a partial one, sewage will be able to sit in your pipes, and the smell will waft back up through your drains and water fixtures. At the same time, flushing certain foods and chemicals can cause your septic system's acidity level to change, killing off the bacteria that work to break down waste within your tank. Over time, a reduced processing capacity can cause odors to seep back up through your plumbing in much the same way. Avoid flushing all paper products besides toilet paper, all food, and all cleaning chemicals that could potentially disrupt the flow and bacteria culture within your plumbing and septic tank.

2. Unclog the Plumbing Vent

The plumbing vent is the part of your home's plumbing system that ensures that waste is able to flow freely through your pipes by giving the air a place to escape. If your plumbing vent becomes clogged with snow, leaves, or other debris, it can affect the speed and overall capacity of your pipes, and lead to wastewater sitting in your plumbing even if you are not suffering from an actual plumbing clog. Most of the time, your plumbing vent will be located on the roof your property, so you should get in touch with a plumbing or septic professional in order to safely inspect your vent and determine if that is the cause of the issue. 

3. Regular Maintenance and Pumping

Finally, the last way to prevent septic tank odors from developing, though rather mundane, is still extremely important. Make sure that a septic tank professional regularly inspects and pumps your tank. The exact amount of time that should pass between each inspection and pumping will differ depending on how much use your tank sees and its size, but in general, every two or three years is a good rule of thumb.

For more information, contact your local septic tank cleaning services