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Septic Tanks and Odors in Your Warrenton VA Home

Septic tank systems in Warrenton VA will occasionally cause sewage odors in the home. These odors can be annoying, and cause health problems in extreme cases. Here are some common odor issues and how they can be fixed:

  • A dry trap in a basement floor drain allows gases from the septic tank to vent back into the home. This can be corrected by making sure all floor drain traps are periodically filled with water. These smells can also be caused by a loose cleanout plug inside a drain.
  • An improperly sealed cover on an ejector sump pump basket in the basement can also cause odors. The cover should be checked and a new seal applied to prevent leaks.
  • Problems with the plumbing vent located on the roof. It is necessary to allow the pressure in the drainpipes to equalize as wastewater flows through them. Without this vent, sinks, tubs, and toilets would gurgle, traps dry out and odors come into the home. These plumbing vents can freeze closed during the winter, or get clogged with leaves and other debris, and need to be cleaned out periodically.

As with all things related to septic tanks in Warrenton VA, it's best to call in an expert for help; please contact SES. The licensed experts at SES provide system installation, septic system maintenance, and septic tank inspections, and serve all of Northern Virginia, including Warrenton VA.

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