If you have a Drain Odor problem, you most likely know it. You walk into a room in your home and there is a foul scent. You are not quite sure where it is coming from, and you can’t see any obvious offenders. You suspect it may be the drain, or perhaps some food in the disposal that hasn’t been disposed of. Like I said, if you have the problem, you have been here. Searching under the sink for a cleaner, maybe some bleach, or soap; something that smells nice. Some hot water and some cleaner, while running the disposal, or shower….ya… that should do the trick!
Thousands of households cope with this very issue every single day, and many continue to deal with it, because the expense of pumping, or replacing the septic system, seems far too great. Perhaps you are not even aware that it is your septic or sewer system that is causing the problem. Believe me, you are not alone.
The problem is not you, or your cleanliness. In fact, it may be the opposite that is causing the problem. Septic Systems and sewer systems function by creating an environment in which bacteria and enzymes can go to work to digest and remove the waste that is flushed down the toilet or poured in the sinks and drains in your home. Because it relies on a natural process to eliminate waste, conditions within the septic tank need to remain ideal in order for it to function well. If that environment becomes unstable, than bacteria is unable to do its job. Understandable enough.
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Now, think about how many anti-bacterial cleansers you use in your day to day life in your home. How many cleaners with bleach, anti-bacterial soap for washing hands? Any scented body wash or shampoos? How about laundry detergents? All of these items are fantastic to remove bacteria from ourselves or our loved ones, but what happens once they are rinsed off or flushed down the drain. They go to the exact same place as the rest of the waste….into the septic system.
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Once these cleaners reach the septic tank, they continue to do what they are designed to do; to eliminate bacteria. In your home that is a good thing; in your septic tank that is a disaster that leads to back-ups, flooded leaching fields and yes….foul smelling sinks and drains.
And that smell you have is backed up waste that has nowhere to go and will only continue to get worse until you do something about it. Maintaining a monthly or regular maintenance program from the beginning is the best way to prevent this disgusting event from happening. If you are already experiencing the problem, shocking the system and adopting a maintenance program is the fastest and most affordable option out there for homeowners.
The health concerns alone are reason to take swift action, but choosing the right product for you and your family’s needs can save thousands, and a few grey hairs, in the long run!