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Plumbing: Why Do I Smell Sewage Around My Home?

Monday, April 1st, 2013

The smell of sewage in the area surrounding your home, or even while in your home can be irritating. Indeed, one of the major reasons for modern plumbing techniques is to eliminate the smell of organic waste in and around the home. Unfortunately, the problem is not superficial, but probably indicates a serious problem with your wastewater system that requires immediate professional attention. Because there can be a variety of reasons for the odor, it’s best to let a professional take care of the job. Not only is your home plumbing system complicated, but also leak detection can be difficult and time-consuming. You need a plumber. For comprehensive plumbing in Plymouth, MN, including sewer lines, call the professionals at Air Mechanical!

The smell of sewage around your home is probably the result of a damaged sewer main. The sewer main, or line as it is often called, connects your wastewater plumbing to a septic tank or municipal waste management system. It is a vital component of disposing wastewater safely and quickly. If it is cracked, collapsed, or otherwise damaged, it can begin to leak that wastewater into the surrounding soil. Beyond the smell of sewage, other symptoms include wet spots in the yard and systemic blockage of your fixtures.

While the smell is unmistakable, it’s not obvious what the cause of the problem is. If your sewer main is very old, it may have collapsed under the pressure of shifting soil, whether due to erosion, or construction nearby. The roots of trees exert incredible amounts of pressure and can often penetrate an underground pipe over time. If your pipe is collapsed, your plumber will need to burst it open first before sending through a replacement.

While sewer line repair and replacement used to require major excavation of your backyard to access the pipe and lay the new one in the ground, today’s trenchless technology requires only two relatively small access pits on either side of the problematic pipe. The result is a faster and more economical process. For plumbing services in Plymouth, MN, call the experts at Air Mechanical today!

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