If you have noticed a rotten egg smell coming from your drains, there is probably a problem with your plumbing that is allowing sewer gas to enter your property.
Sewer gas is produced when sewage decomposes and is made up gases including hydrogen sulphide, methane, and carbon monoxide. It is very dangerous to be exposed to so you must have the problem fixed and odour neutralised as soon as possible.
ICE Cleaning is a specialist cleaning company that offers sewage cleaning services. Its technicians are fully trained biohazard experts that can remove sewage following a spill or leak, decontaminate the area, and get rid of any lingering odours.
Read on to find out what might be making your home smell of sewer gas.
1. Your P-traps are dry
This is a curved section of piping just underneath the drain that is usually full of water to stop sewer gases and insects entering your home.
When you don’t use the sink for a long time, the water can evaporate, allowing it to come up through the drain. Run the taps regularly or pour water into sinks you don’t use very often to keep the P-trap topped up.
2. Part of your vent is clogged or cracked
All plumbing systems contain vents to allow water and sewage to flow freely. When the vents are damaged or blocked by debris, the sewer gas that is sent out of your pipes can back up into the home.
The vents typically come out of the roof of the property and are therefore at risk of being blocked by things like leaves and bird nests. You must bring in professionals to identify the problem and have it repaired.
3. There is a clog in the mainline
If your drains are slow or backing up – for example, water comes up through the bathtub’s drain when you flush the toilet – there is a blockage in the main sewer line. This clog will probably consist of fat and oils from cooking, and bits of food.
Professional sewage cleaning will be required to clear up the wastewater as it may contain harmful bacteria, parasites, and viruses.
4. The drains are blocked by smelly substances
Drains are wet and dark, and therefore contain the perfect conditions for mould and mildew to grow. Dirty things are often put down the sink, too, including food and hair, which enable bacteria to thrive there. All give off unpleasant odours which may be confused for sewer gas.
In the event of a sewage spill in your home, ICE Cleaning’s sewage cleaners can quickly make your home sanitary, safe, and fresh smelling. They are available 24/7, 365 days a year, and can be on site in a matter of hours in an emergency.
To find out more about ICE Cleaning’s range of services, visit its website.