When it comes to taking care of your home's plumbing system, you want to watch for a variety of things that can indicate that there are problems in the system. The sooner you are able to catch certain problems, the easier and less costly it can be for you to have them taken care of. One of the ways you can catch problems early on is to pay attention to odors that appear and can indicate issues somewhere in the system. Here are some odors to watch for to help you reduce your need of sewer line repair.
A foul odor coming from your basement
If you start to notice a foul odor coming from the bathroom that's down in your basement, this can mean that you may have issues with the trap. Plumbing systems are designed with measures in place to prevent things like bad odors from taking over your home. There are traps that use water to prevent odors from escaping the system and when the traps don't have the right level of water in them, odors can roam. You want to pour buckets of water in each of the traps, sinks, tubs, and floor drains to correct the issue.
A bad smell coming from your garbage disposal
Your garbage disposal has a dirty job. It chops up all kinds of food particles so they can safely make their way through your system without causing plumbing problems like clogs. If food particles collect on the blades of the disposal, then it can cause a bad odor to come from the drain. There are a couple things you can do to easily take care of this odor. The first thing you want to do is to put baking soda and vinegar down the drain, so it foams up and helps loosen up the debris. Follow this up by putting ice cubes down the disposal and grinding them up. This will help to give the blades an extra scrubbing.
A bad sewage odor has developed in your home
If you start to smell a horrible sewage type of odor in your home, then it can be caused from different things. If you can narrow the smell down to a specific sink, then you may have a blockage in the P-trap. This can be easily fixed by turning off the water to that sink, removing that portion of pipe, cleaning it out and putting it back in place. Other things that can cause this problem include a broken sewer line or a broken vent stack. If you can't find the source of the problem, or if it is something you can't fix yourself then call a plumber out right away.