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There’s nothing worse than having septic odors permeating throughout your home, both inside and out. The beautiful thing about septic systems is they are a natural way to break down and dispose of wastewater, but if they aren’t cared for properly, the system can emit some pretty rancid odors.

The Causes of Septic System Odors

Septic systems odors are caused by numerous factors, the most common of which are:

    • Clogged or missing septic tank vents
    • Chemicals that should not have been flushed down the drain
  • Full septic tanks

There are many ways to eliminate these odors, and they mostly require regular septic maintenance.

First and Foremost: Stay Away from Septic Additives

A simple online search will yield you tons of results for a variety of odor-killing septic system additives. You will find a huge amount of products that claim they will do everything from killing odor-causing bacteria to helping your system break down waste.

These products are, at best, a complete waste of money. At worst, they can and will harm your septic system. These products kill septic bacteria, which is exactly the problem. They will rid your system of the natural bacteria that is necessary for breaking down septic waste.

What you will be left with is a system that fills up quicker and clogs easier.

So, how can you eliminate septic systems odors?

Get Your Septic System the Service it Needs

The presence of septic odors is most likely likely indicates that you need a septic system cleaning. It means that your septic tank is full and in need of service. This means that you will have to hire a professional to come out and pump your tank. Not only will they remove the excess waste, they will also clean the inside of the tank and remove the sludge and scum that builds up over time.

Other Tips and Tricks

Besides septic pumping, there are few other things that you can do to eliminate septic odors, such as:

    • Practicing water conservation (pouring excess water down the drain is not good for septic systems)
    • Pour small amounts of baking soda and vinegar down the drain twice a month. Both are natural deodorizers (but don’t pour too much!).
    • Never pour bleach or other disinfectants down the drain (they will kill the natural bacteria that break down waste).
  • Pour fats, oils and grease out with the garbage, never down the drain.

Schedule Your Service Today

Don’t wait until septic odors takeover your house. Schedule a septic tank pumping by contacting AAA Wastewater today.