Septic issues can be extremely inconvenient and expensive to fix. Thankfully, there are several signs that your septic system gives off before small problems become big disasters. One of the most obvious symptoms can be unusual smells coming from your home or your yard. Here’s a little bit more on those suspicious smells.
A Rotten Egg Smell Outside
Septic leaks usually smell like sulfur, which has a very similar odor to rotten eggs. You’ll notice the smell getting stronger near the location of your tank outside. Follow your nose and try to locate the site of the most substantial area of the scent, just to rule out any other possible causes. Once you’re sure it is indeed coming from the general area of your septic tank, call your septic system company right away.
A Rotten Egg Smell Inside the Bathroom
Sewage backups can also affect the toilets in your bathroom, as well as the sink and tub drains. If you notice a foul smell in the bathroom that doesn’t go away with cleaning or time, it’s probably not just normal bathroom odors. If the rotten egg smell is accompanied by gurgling sounds coming from your toilets or sinks, your tank is probably overfilled and needs to be emptied immediately.
Normal Septic Odors
It’s entirely normal for there to be a weak smell surrounding the tank itself; however, you shouldn’t be detecting that odor far away from the tank or in your home. You also may smell something directly after your tank is pumped, but if it lasts longer than a day, alert your septic tank company.
Call the Experts at the First Sign of a Problem
If you are noticing foul odors coming from your septic system, or inside your home, don’t risk it. Call Affordable Pumping Services right away. Even if you’re not sure there’s a problem, it’s best to rule out a septic leak. And remember, to avoid an overfilled septic tank, have it pumped regularly.