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Sewer smell in house from septic tank and idle system

The house has a private lift station to move sewer to the main. Also the house hasn't been used much

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    Sam Gibson Oct 29, 2015

    Jason, I'm sorry to hear about the smell coming from your septic system. Have you had the chance to speak with a septic professional? It seems like septic systems could be a bit tricky, especially if they hadn't been used in awhile. If you do have someone come out, it might be a good idea to find someone experienced and reputable. http://bledsoeandlinnseptic.net/Services...

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If the house has been sitting for a long time, the traps may have dried out and are not stopping the sewer gasses from being trapped back, flush all toilets and run some water in all the sinks and tubs, to refill the p-traps, also don't forget to pour some water down the washer drain pipe. HOPE THIS HELPS...

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Some times blocked drain lines or vents bringing about trap siphonage or sewer gas backups into the building can have as a segment or a can be a primary cause of septic system drainfield failure. This septic drainfield failure in turn may be due inadequate maintenance.
Call a local contractor and fix your problem.

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a. Blocked vent.
b. No vent.
2. Leaking drains that cause rotting below the floor.
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