Why Does it Smell Like Sewer in My House?

A home that smells like sewage is not a pleasant or healthy home to be in. Many different plumbing issues can cause sewer smells. The most common sewer smells are a result of dried up P-traps, ill-fitting sewer trap plugs, and vent pipe clogs. However, a host of other plumbing issues, such as sewage backup, leakage, and more, can also be the culprits of the foul smell. The only way to know for sure that your problem is diagnosed and treated correctly is to call a Ben Franklin plumber today. 

Is the Sewer Smell in My House Dangerous?

Having your house smell like sewage is not only repugnant, it’s also dangerous to your health. Sewage gases are made up of hydrogen sulfide, methane, and numerous other gases that are not healthy to inhale in large amounts. When your plumbing system is working correctly, all sewage gases are emitted out of the house through the proper ventilation channels. However, a damaged system can invite sewage gases into your home, and with them come many health hazards. 

The most prominent gas found in sewage is hydrogen sulfide. You likely know the smell of hydrogen sulfide if you’ve ever smelled rotten eggs. This chemical compound is a dangerous gas that is highly flammable and extremely poisonous. It’s also quick to trick the olfactory system, meaning your body will quickly get used to the smell of hydrogen sulfide and no longer detect its presence, even if there is a high amount of gas in the room. High concentrations of hydrogen sulfide will irritate your eyes, nose, and throat, as well as produce headaches, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, difficulty breathing, and in extreme cases, even death. 

Methane is another common sewage gas that is colorless and odorless in nature. Although it’s not considered toxic in low doses, it is still extremely flammable. Studies show that repeated exposure to low levels of methane is not harmful. Still, high concentrations of this gas can definitely cause headaches, dizziness, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting, and loss of consciousness. 

If you smell sewage gas in your home and start to feel any of its adverse side effects, make sure to step outside into fresh air immediately. Then call Ben Franklin to quickly diagnose the problem and perform any necessary sewer line repairs in Passaic County, NJ, and all local areas. 

How Do You Get Rid of the Sewer Smell?

The only way to be completely sure that your plumbing is functioning properly is to have a certified plumber diagnose and repair your system. Ben Franklin plumbers are highly-trained technicians with years of experience solving all sorts of sewer issues. We will make sure to check all possible sources of sewage gas, such as: 

  • Vent leaks
  • Toilet wax ring and base
  • Sewer trap plugs
  • Dried out water seal
  • Dried out P-trap
  • Shower drain
  • Sink overflow
  • Ill-fitting pipes
  • Garbage disposal splash guard

Once we diagnose the problem, we’ll provide a quick and efficient remedy to your plumbing problem. 

Contact Ben Franklin Plumbing today for all of your plumbing problems. Whether it’s a simple clogged drain or a messy sewage backup, our professional team is experienced in all plumbing dilemmas. We also provide emergency plumbing services for all heating repairs, failed sump pumps, or broken sewer pipes in Bergen County, NJ, and surrounding areas.