Why Does My New House Smell Of Sewage?


When you move into your new home, the last thing you want is for it to smell of rotten eggs. This odour is not just unpleasant, however: exposure to sewer gas can put you at risk of health problems including fatigue, headaches, and nausea. 

ICE Cleaning is a specialist cleaning company that offers emergency response sewage cleaning services should any spill in your home. Its fully trained technicians can quickly clear up sewage and decontaminate the affected area. ICE Cleaning operates nationwide, 365 days a year, 24/7.

Read on to find out what could be causing the sewage odour in your property. 

Dry P-traps 

P-traps usually contain water to stop sewer gas from travelling up through the pipe and entering your home. After a long period of the drain not being used, the water can dry up, allowing the gas to flow freely up the pipe.  

Broken cleanout seal

A sewer cleanout is a capped section of pipe that provides access to the sewer line so any blockages can be easily removed. Should the seal, gasket, or rubber ring wear out or get broken, it could allow sewer gas to enter your home. 

Backed up septic tank

When your septic tank backs up, the sewage coming from your home has nowhere to go but your pipes, releasing a foul odour into your property. Backups can be caused by a number of things including flooding, rusty pipes, clogs, and tree roots damaging pipes. 

Clogged vent pipe 

Vent pipes regulate air in your plumbing system to ensure waste and water flow out of your home smoothly. As they run through the roof, they tend to get clogged by heavy snow fall, old leaves, and birds’ nests. 

This can lead to reduced air pressure from the vent and empty out drainpipes, resulting in dry P-traps. 

Sewage leaking from the toilet

If the seal or floor around the toilet deteriorates, water and sewage can leak out onto the bathroom floor. Any issues with the toilet flange which bolts the toilet to the floor and ensures waste leads straight to the main drainpipe might cause a sewage spill, too. 

Cracked sewer pipes

Broken pipes that have become loose at a joint inside your property can leak sewer gas into the walls and ceiling of your home. 

If you smell sewer gas in your home, you must have a plumber identify what is causing it to leak in your home and fix the problem. Should sewage spill in your property, bring in professional cleaners for sewage cleaning immediately. 

ICE Cleaning’s sewage cleaners will follow a 9-stage clean up and decontamination process to restore your property to how it was before the spill. They can be on site in several hours in an emergency. 

You can learn more about ICE Cleaning’s range of cleaning services on its website.


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