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WINTER SEWER ODORS

Cold weather can bring problems for your plumbing vents

Winter Sewer OdorsFreezing weather can cause a lot of plumbing problems. If you notice a sewer odor in your home, you may have a blockage in your plumbing vents, which is not only offensive but also can dramatically affect how your plumbing works.

  • Snow can block your vents. If you notice an odor after a snowfall, clear your roof to make sure your vents don't stay covered for long.
  • Steam from a hot shower can also move up the vent pipe and freeze within the portion that extends beyond your roof.  An under-sized vent can also become blocked by frost within the line.
  • Improper venting can cause the water in your traps to get sucked out with the other water disposal (commonly called a 'dry trap'), which opens the door for sewer gases to back up out of the fixtures and into your living space. The resulting released gases not only smell bad, they are actually explosive.

If you get unpleasant smells in your home this winter, don't shrug it off. Contact the plumbing repair specialists at your local Rescue Rooter® service center and get the problem taken care of right away.
 

 

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