Are odor something that is a normal part of having a septic tank, or are they something to be concerned about? If your home has a septic tank, you may have the following questions about the odors that are coming from it.
What Is The Cause Of Bad Odors?
A home's septic tank is where all the sewage goes, and is eventually broken down thanks to the bacteria in the tank. Solid waste that cannot be easily broken down is eventually pumped out of the tank. The process of decomposing waste creates some really bad odors, but if you have a septic tank that is in good condition, those odors should all stay within the walls of the septic tank.
If you have odors that are making their way into your home, it's an indication that you have a problem with your septic tank. For instance, the septic tank may be full and causing sewage to back up into your home. There could also be pipes that are rusted and allowing sewage to seep out into places that it was not intended to go.
Are The Bad Odors Safe?
Sewer gases are not considered safe in your home, since it contains hydrogen sulfide and methane, which can actually be quite explosive. If you have these gases leaking into your home, something as simple as turning on the stove can cause an explosion to happen.
Sometimes you'll smell bad odors outside when you are near the septic tank drainfield. Hopefully, it is only a very faint odor rather than a strong one. The liquid waste that goes into the drainfield is filtered by the oil, which should prevent viruses and bacteria from making their way above ground.
What Can Be Done About Bad Odors
Odors should be considered a good reason to have your septic tank inspected. Fixing the odor may be as simple as having the septic tank drained, but it could also be a plumbing related problem that needs to be fixed. For example, if the pipe going from your home to the septic tank has rusted through, you'll need to have your yard excavated so a plumber can reach the pipe and fix the damage.
One thing to keep in mind is that due to the explosive nature of sewer gas, it is not a good idea to stay in the home if you do smell it. Get everyone somewhere safe before calling a septic service company to investigate the problem.