There are a couple of different signs that you’re having a plumbing problem of some kind, one of which is bad smells. If part of your home smells like an open sewer, it’s a pretty safe bet that you have a plumbing issue that requires professional attention. Read on to find out why that might be happening, and what can be done about it.

Drain Issues

It’s likely that the bad smells in your home are coming from one or more of the drains, which serve as the connection point between your plumbing and sewer systems. There are a couple of possible reasons why this might be happening. First, you may have a dry P-trap. The P-trap is the bend in the drain pipe that is designed to hold water at all times. This prevents sewer gases and other unsavory things from making up through the drain and into your home. If the drain hasn’t been used in a while, though, the water in the P-trap will evaporate and lead to smells flowing up into your home.

It’s also possible that you have waste buildup on the sides of your drain pipe. This is especially common in kitchen drains, which deal with a lot of food waste on a regular basis. As the waste builds up on the drain pipe, it can start to give off some bad smells that will filter into the home. The best way to deal with this is to schedule drain cleaning services for the drain that seems to be the problem.

Keep in mind that if the smells are coming from multiple drains in your home, the problem is probably located deeper in your sewer system. You’re going to need some more extensive professional services to get rid of a problem like that.

The Trusted Plumber offers drain and sewer services throughout Paradise Valley, AZ.

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