What’s that Smell? Plumbing issues that can mean bigger problems – Part 1

May 28, 2021

Odors coming from your plumbing can be awful. They can occur at the shower, toilet, sink, garbage disposal, or even your bathtub. Fortunately, many of these smells can be taken care of easily, but there are few smells that are a huge indicator that you have a big plumbing problem.

Sewer Smells In Your Bathroom

If you walk into your bathroom and smell something that resembles rotten eggs or worse, this could be caused by sewer gases making their way into your home. There are several reasons why these smells may happen, and they include:

  • Issues with the wax ring. Your toilet sits upon a wax ring that helps it connect to the drain system. If your toilet’s wax seal is damaged, it can cause sewer gas to come up into your home. If you leave this issue untreated, your wax ring could eventually fail, and you could deal with sewer water leaking both under your home and into your home.
  • Bacterial growth in your drains. While this is not a huge problem, it can be if it is left untreated. Over time, your drains can have bacterial growth in them. This comes from organic matter and the build-up of soap scum. If this is left unattended, it can cause a blockage in your drain line, which can cause some severe sewer issues.
  • Septic tank backups. If you go into your bathroom and smell sewer gas coming from your bathtub, sink, and toilet, this is a strong indication that you may be dealing with a septic tank backups. You may have a clog somewhere in the drain line, the drain field may have failed, or your septic tank is too full. You will need to call a plumber out immediately to address the situation.
  • Drain line leaks. In some cases, your sewer drain line may malfunction. This can be due to old pipes breaking, or this can be due to tree roots growing into the line. The leaks may occur in your basement or outside of your home, which will cause the smell to permeate the air. If this happens to you, you will want to call a licensed plumber out immediately. Left untreated, you could deal with a house that is flooded with septic water or a yard that is flooded with septic water. This can be an expensive and disgusting clean up and the longer it goes on, the worse it will get.

Kitchen Sink Smells

If your kitchen sink is smelly, you should check the sink overflow. It may be filled full of bacteria and soap scum. To clean the overflow, you will want to take and clean it out with a small bottle brush. You can also spray it down with a bleach solution to help get rid of the bacteria and grime. If the smell is still ongoing, this may be an indication that you have a clog building up in the sink drain. If you have any indication of a clogged sink drain, you will want to clear it as soon as possible. If you cannot get rid of the clog yourself, you will want to get a plumber to come out and fix it for you.

Sulfur Odors From Your Water

In some cases, you may turn on your water only to discover that your water smells like sulfur. Sulfur will not harm you, but it will cause the water to taste disgusting. If you turn on the hot water side of your water and it just smells like sulfur there, your hot water heater is to blame, and you will want to get a replacement as soon as possible. When the sulfur smell is present, it means that your anode rod in your hot water heater is corroding. Replacing your hot water heater will help to eliminate the sulfur water. If you notice the sulfur smell from both sides of the faucet, it could be caused by issues with your plumbing. Corroded pipes can cause this issue. If you think that is the case, you will need to get your home replumbed by a professional plumbing expert. If you do not have issues with your plumbing, the source could be from your water source, and you can eliminate the taste by getting a good water filtration system.

Anytime you have plumbing odors, they will be impossible to ignore. In order to make sure that you do not have a bigger issue going on, anytime you smell something foul, you will want to thoroughly investigate the problem. Left untreated, plumbing smells may indicate that you have a much bigger problem, like an issue with your septic system. These issues, if they are left untreated, can cause you a very expensive, very disgusting, and very time-consuming repair job.

Never deal with your plumbing issues by yourself. If you smell something foul in your plumbing system, give American Service Company a call today. They will be able to come out and diagnose the issues causing the rotten smell, and they can repair them for you. American Service Company is well known for their customer service, great prices, and reliability.