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Homeowner Tips

Sewer odors

While sewers, by nature, have an unpleasant odor, you shouldn’t be able to smell sewer odor in your home or business. Sewer odors inside could indicate a problem with the plumbing. Usually, the problem is easy to fix.

If you think the odor is coming from a drain, the trap may be dry. Adding 2–4 cups of water should re-seal the trap. If the odor lingers, try cleaning the drain. Pour 1 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar into the drain. Let it stand for about 30 minutes, then flush with hot water. Alternatively, you can also use a little bleach mixed with cold water.

Odor coming from a toilet could mean a dry trap or a cracked seal ring.

Check the vent on the roof to be sure it isn’t blocked.

A professional can check for faulty or cracked pipes.

Keep your garbage disposal empty. Clean it occasionally by grinding several ice cubes with cold, running water.

If you notice sewer odors outside, please call Customer Care at 887-3066, and we will investigate.