Portland Plumber: 3 Common Causes of Sewer Smells in Your Home
Is there a foul odor in or around your Portland area home? The smell is more than likely related to a sewage issue. While it is recommended to immediately call an expert Portland plumber to avoid possible illness, you should also be informed as to the possible cause of the unpleasant smell in your home.
Here are a few possibilities:
- Backed-up organic waste
- Improper Drain Cleaning
- Dried up or Broken Sewage Traps
1. Backed-up Organic Waste
As pictured, here’s someone’s spaghetti dinner…from last month! While tempting, we unfortunately can’t shove everything down our kitchen sink disposal. 3 Mountains Plumbing often receives calls about garbage disposal problems because many run on very low horsepower. They simply haven’t the strength to withstand gobs of pasta, grease, dairy, or other foods. (Click here to learn more about 3 Mountains Plumbing disposal replacement warranties).
2. Improper Drain Cleaning
Don’t call just anyone to clear a drain; call a plumber. So often drain cleaners will only push the waste further down the pipe where it may appear to be temporarily cleaned, but in reality it has only been relocated lower down the pipe. Once waste rests in a stationary spot, it collects more sediment while continuing to rust and corrode its surrounding pipe.
3 Mountains Plumbing professionals come to your home equipped with the technology necessary to fix even unforeseen problems. While a drain cleaner may be able to move the clog along, chances are only a licensed and experienced journeyman plumber, with the proper equipment, can eliminate it and handle other emergencies should they arise.
3. Dried up or Broken Sewage Traps
Many older Portland homes have traps that tend to dry out or break down due to age. These traps exist to keep waste and water on the move, so a small amount of water must remain in the traps to allow it to properly function.
Don’t hesitate. Contact 3 Mountains Plumbing to see if one of these problems is causing that nasty sewer smell in your Portland home.