From small issues like damaged pipes and vents, to larger issues like a crack in the septic tank itself, there are a number of things that can cause septic tank smell. Being one of the most revolting smells anyone can imagine, the problem leaves no recourse but to be resolved. Its resolution cannot be delayed, nor its solution postponed. Here we discuss the possible causes of the problem and how you can solve them.
Minor Problems like with Roof Vents
Roof vents are designed to release pressure and gaseous matter from the system. They must always remain free, but sometimes it happens that they become clogged by the waste or by some other foreign substance. This results in stench emanating from the waste that clogs these vents. By inspecting all the vents and cleaning out the ones that have become clogged, you can resolve this problem easily. This one is a minor problem and one that the homeowner can resolve by himself without requiring professional help. Now if you could only remember where the vents are located.
In case the smell remains even after the vents have been unclogged, you should use some carbon based filters and cover the vents with these filters. These filters are available at most hardware stores or septic system contractors. By filtering out the odoriferous smells, these filters will remove the septic tank smell.
Every septic system requires regular pumping. Pumping means that the septic system is emptied of all the sludge and waste. This is nothing exceptional and is part of the routine maintenance of a well-functioning septic system. But sometimes owners forget to do regular pumping, which results in the waste overflowing out of the septic systems. This overflowing waste causes a stink.
Contacting a septic system service company and asking them to pump out the septic tank should be your course of action to resolve this problem. They should also carry out an inspection of the tank and check that there are no cracks, etc. in the body of the tank.
This problem can be completely avoided by doing regular inspection and pumping.