Imagine my surprise when I came home from work one freezing cold evening and found water flooding my basement. I ran to turn off the water and then I called the plumber. Even though it was late in the evening, the plumber immediately came to my house and fixed the busted water line. The plumber told me that I could have prevented my water line from freezing and busting if I had winterized the pipes. After researching various methods, I insulated the pipes so they won't freeze again. My name is Joel Hampton and this blog is about the different ways to winterize your plumbing pipes to keep them from freezing. Coming home to a basement filled with water is a nightmare and I hope that after reading the information in my blog, it won't happen to you.
Does your home fill with the stench of raw sewage from time to time, or even on a regular basis? This isn't a problem that you should cover up with pleasantly scented candles and air fresheners. Sewer gasses leaking into your home can be very dangerous. In fact, those gasses contain methane gas which is actually explosive and carbon dioxide which can make you sick or even kill you. What could be causing those sewer gasses to leak into your home and what can you do to put a stop to it? First. find the source.
Check the Floor Drains
Basement floor drains are a common source for these gasses in the home. If the drain trap dries up, the gasses in the piping below will rise into your home.
A quick test to find out if this is the source is by pouring a five-gallon bucket of water down each drain. This will introduce water into the system and the trap will catch the water it needs to block the sewer gasses from entering the home.
Tip: To help eliminate the smell more quickly, add a cup of pleasant smelling disinfectant into the bucket of water. This will help to freshen the air and kill the bacteria in the drain that could be contributing to the odors.
Air out the basement for a little while after you fill the drains. After you have aired out the basement and filled the drains, you should no longer smell the sewage odor. If you do, the problem is coming from a different source.
Check for Leaking Pipes
Even the smallest leak in your drain pipes can be enough to allow sewer gasses into the home. Finding leaks in a finished basement can be difficult and a lot of work – you will have to expose the piping to get a clear view of it.
To find leaks, use biodegradable tracing dye. Add the dye to your toilets, sinks and bathtubs and let it run down the drains. If there are leaks in the sewer pipes, the dye will leak out of them and show you exactly what areas of the pipe need to be replaced. At this point, you can either make the repairs on your own or have a professional take care of it for you.
If you complete these two tests and still cannot pinpoint where the gasses are leaking into your home from, contact your local sewer cleaner immediately. This isn't something to mess around with.