We all know drains are vital to both our homes and business premises, and when something goes wrong in your drains, they can wreak havoc. Detecting the signs of a malfunctioning drain early can reduce the damage it may cause to your home or business establishment, and save you a lot of money at the same time. When you notice that your house or business has a smelly drain, it is one of the earliest warning signs of a drain problem. Get in touch with a trusted Saskatoon plumber like Perfection Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Ltd. to inspect your plumbing system and provide you with solutions.

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Missing Soil Vent Pipe

If a soil vent pipe wasn’t installed at the same time that your plumbing was, then that is probably one of the most likely culprits. The soil vent pipe, also called in the trade ‘The Stench Pipe’, allows the gases to naturally escape away from the structure to avoid gases from building up and causing a bigger and more intrusive smell inside.

Missing Trap

A trap is a clever addition, which literally traps the gases before they can come back up the drain pipe. Some newer bathrooms are fitted without them, which can allow the stench to enter your home.

Septic Tank Blockage

If you have a septic tank and the pipe which passes the soil vent pipe is blocked, then the gases will come straight back into your home.

Bird Nest

This is actually more common than it may seem. Some birds happily make their nests on the opening of the soil vent pipe which, of course, prevents the gases from escaping and sends them straight back into your home.

Lack of Use of Showers and Baths

The water in the trap can very easily evaporate over time if the shower or bath isn’t used regularly. Eventually, this will allow the gases to seep past the trap and straight back into your nice, clean home or office.

The best thing to do if you are concerned about the smells that your plumbing in Saskatoon is emitting is to call a professional. They will be able to use their expertise and specialist tools to resolve the issue safely and quickly for you.

Sources:

Warning Signs of a Main Sewer Line Clog, www.angieslist.com

Smelly Drains- Causes and Solutions