Why Does My Home Smell Like Sewage Every Time It Rains?
Why Does My Home Smell Like Sewage Every Time It Rains?August 24 / 2015
This is a question that many homeowners ask. Chronic sewage smells after a rainfall or even when the furnace or air conditioner is running can be a sign of a septic problem. The bad news is that if you’re smelling this vexing smell, your home and health could be in danger. The good news is that professional and experienced plumbers can help you take care of the problem before the worst-case scenario happens. So, what is the smell? What you’re smelling are sewer gases that are making their way into your home. Sewer gasses form when waste materials decompose. Normally, the gasses are contained within the sewer piping that runs to public or private sewer systems or septic systems. If there is a crack, obstruction, or other damage to the sewer line, this creates a situation where the sewer gas can leak out of the pipe or back up into your home. Other reasons for sewer gas smells include the following:
- Clogged plumbing vents
- Slow evaporation from fixture traps
- Improper installation
- Age of the house