What's That Smell? | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

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What's That Smell? | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

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You were glad to read that the Citrus County Commission is considering re-opening some parks this week. You’ve got a bit of cabin fever and walking or jogging around the neighborhood isn’t helping. You’re looking forward to being able to go somewhere to get your head cleared. 

Not only do you have cabin fever, you’ve been stuck at home for so long that you think your whole house smells. You searched but couldn’t find any reason for the bad smell. Now it’s gone away. You decided it was your imagination.

Don’t dismiss that bad smell so quickly. A bad smell – one that resembles rotten eggs or an open sewer – could be hydrogen sulfide gas and could indicate that you have plumbing problems. 

“In a residential home, [hydrogen sulfide] exists in low levels and can occur if a plumbing problem exists. When the home’s plumbing system is working properly, the naturally-occurring hydrogen sulfide is directed up and out of the building through a vent system, which exits through the roof. No smell should be present,” Angie’s List says.

Angie’s List adds, “When we smell this gas in homes, many times it’s caused by a small problem, such as a dried out water seal in a floor drain. Other times a sewer gas smell is a sign of a bigger problem, such as a broken sewer or vent stack. Diagnosing this problem can be simple or complicated, depending on the cause of the problem.”

And you do want to have it diagnosed and fixed. Angie’s List points out the dangers of prolonged exposure to sewer gas – irritability, headaches, fatigue, sinus infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, loss of appetite, poor memory and dizziness.

“It affects people and pets that are exposed to it over a long period of time,” says Angie’s List. “Even if the smell comes and goes, it needs to be addressed. Likely there is a blocked, broken, cracked or deteriorated pipe allowing the gas to enter your home. It’s not going to go away until it’s repaired.”

You need a trusted plumbing expert to help you. You can find a reliable, certified plumber by calling Billy the Sunshine Plumber. 

Billy the Sunshine Plumber has been the go-to plumbing expert in Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties since 1924 when he opened for business. Remember, whatever your plumbing needs, Billy the Sunshine Plumber is here to help!

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