What do Sewer Odors Indicate?
So, you've noticed unpleasant sewer odors coming from your bathroom or kitchen. There are few things more frustrating than a stinky, smelly sewer odor emitting from your home. This smell could prevent you from having company over or even disrupt your day to day routine.In many cases, it is easy to remedy a sewer odor and is a job you can complete yourself in just a few moments. We’ve detailed two strategies that you may wish to consider to rid your space of this frustrating odor.
One of the most common causes of a sewer-like smell is when there is a sink, shower, or floor drain that hasn't been used for a very long time. When this occurs, the drain water that remains and a smell will build up over time and they eventually escape into the interior of your home. This problem is easily remedied by running the sink or shower or by simply pouring water down the floor drain. Then, the gases will escape as the water drains through the piping.
Wax toilet seal
Another area where sewer odors may enter your home is in the space under the toilet. This area is usually sealed with a wax seal. However, over time the seal can become compromised and not function properly. You may notice the sewer smell slowly leaking into your bathroom. Replacing the wax seal on the toilet is a quick fix for this pesky problem.
If you have tried both of these simple solutions and are still finding that your home has an unpleasant aroma, it may be time to call in a pro.