Do you suddenly have a noxious smell in your Richboro home? Do you think that rotten egg aroma may be the result of sewer gases leaking up into the house? To determine the source of the problem, start by following this simple guide.
1. Check gas lines and appliances for gas leaks
Liquid propane (LP) is naturally odorless, but manufacturers add odorous ingredients to the gas as a safety precaution, so that you can smell gas if it were to start leaking into your home. This sulfurous smell is often confused with the odor of sewer gas. So, first check to see that the noxious odor you smell is not coming from an appliance or gas line. If it is, or even if you suspect it is, immediately evacuate the premises and call the fire department. Aside from being toxic, LP gas fumes are extremely flammable and a leak can result in a dangerous fire.
2. Explore possible leak sites where odors could be wafting up
Once you have ruled out the possibility of a gas leak, it is safe to start following up on the sewer gas hypothesis. Start by checking the more obvious potential leak sites and work from there. Some common places where sewer gases can waft up through leaks include:
A leak at any of these sites could cause a suspicious smell throughout your house or yard. Sniff around (literally) to see if and where the odor gets stronger or more faint.
3. Other possible sources of sewer gas
Not all sources of sewer gas are in the home, nor are they easy to find. If you are unable to detect the source of your sewer gas leak – and you are already sure it is not an LP gas leak – call a Richboro plumber to have a look at the problem. It could be a failing sewer line, in which case repairs should not be performed or even attempted by anyone but a licensed professional contractor.
Be sure to investigate all possible sewer gas leaks right away. Even if it is a simple leaky toilet seal, the gases are still noxious and unpleasant, and the worst case scenario is that it is actually an LP gas leak. For your safety and health, don’t let the problem linger. If you do need to have your Richboro sewer line replaced, call the trenchless pipe replacement experts at Resolve Rooter! We can diagnosis and repair the problem quickly with little damage to your yard.