Many homeowners that have a septic system have looked up how to get rid of septic tank odor. As discussed in our blog, What Causes Septic Tank Odor, the source of the smell could be serious or it could just be something minor — either way, something stinks.
That’s why it’s best to know exactly how to get rid of septic tank odor before things get worse. Generally, an unpleasant odor is a huge signifier that you need to have your tank pumped or serviced. However, if that isn’t the reason for the smell then you can use a few odor-fighting solutions in order to get rid of the undesirable scent.
In this blog, we will discuss the top odor-fighting solutions that will alleviate the scent of your septic tank and have your home back to normal in no time.
How to Get Rid of Septic Tank Odor
Check if Your Septic Tank is Full
This is a very common problem and one that is easily solved. Too much waste in the tank results in the tank getting clogged, which could lead to an unpleasant odor that lingers both inside and outside of the home. If your septic tank is pumped regularly, this problem should not occur or may indicate another issue with your system.
Septic tank cleaning is a crucial part of keeping your wastewater system in good condition. If you haven’t serviced your tank in a long time, we recommend scheduling a pumping service so that your technician can evaluate and discuss any issues found during the service.
Check Your P-Traps and Floor Drains
Sewer gas smells can be the result of a dried out P-Trap or floor drain. Every plumbing fixture has a trap or P-Trap which prevents sewer gas from coming into the home. When they become empty or dried out, it will allow gas back into the pipes. You can avoid this by running water through your sinks, bathtubs, and floor drains every few months.
Check Your Roof Vents
Plumbing vent stacks allow drains to vent air though the roof. Both liquid and solid waste moves through the plumbing pipes using gravity. Then the vents equalize the air pressure throughout the waste process. The waste won’t flow properly if it has trouble pushing air through the pipe and out of the way. To allow equalization of air pressure, vent pipes are attached to the tops of all the waste and drain lines and then ran up through the roof. The venting system connects the water piping system to the outdoor air and lets air move into and out of the waste pipe as needed.
When a plumbing roof vent stack is not properly functioning, it can result in an unpleasant smell, gurgling noises in the toilet, and sometimes even slow drains.
High winds can also lead to an issue with venting pipes. Downwind drafts from wind patterns can create sewer odors. If you frequently see water bouncing in your toilet along with odor issues, it could indicate that the vents aren’t functioning properly. The vent stack may need to be raised by adding to the existing pipe. You can hire a plumber to do this for you.
Check to make sure your vents are not blocked by debris such as leaves, ice, snow, bird nests, or any landscaping. If you find a blockage, carefully remove it or hire a professional to take care of the issue.
Activated Carbon Cover
An activated carbon cover is a great way to remove strong and unwanted odors that are coming from your septic system. All you have to do is place the filter around the top of your vent and it does all of the work from there.
Instead of using charcoal to get rid of the smell, activated carbon uses a different method that some homeowners say works better than any other method. This is a great device to help you stop smelly troubles and not have to worry about the issue.
Septic Tank Enzymes
You can use septic tank enzymes to eliminate odor and help generate more bacteria in your tank. Most septic tank enzymes used for odor control consist of powerful waste digesting material and essential nutrients that are good for the tank.
How it works is the enzyme will break apart the organic material into water-soluble nutrients. Then the bacteria in the tank will digest those nutrients, multiply, and make more enzymes that will keep the tank clean under both aerobic and anaerobic conditions.
Speak with a Professional
Front Range Septic can show you how to get rid of septic tank odor and ensure your system is running properly and efficiently. We provide septic tank pumping and maintenance services throughout the Northern Colorado area. If you need to get rid of a smell, schedule a service, or just speak with a trusted professional, give us a call today.