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Does Your Sump Pump Smell?

Does Your Sump Pump Smell? How to Get Rid of Stinky Odors Fast


Are you dealing with stinky sump pump odors that don’t seem to be going away? Maybe your basement sump pump smells like sewage(poop), rotten eggs, or any other foul smell that makes you uncomfortable. If that is the case, you are in the right place as we are going to lay out the most common reasons why your sump pump might smell and how to fix these issues fast.

5 Simple Reasons Why Your Sump Pump Smells & How to Get Rid of Them

1.) Your Sump Pump is clogged

sump pump odors The most common reason for a sump pump to stop working is because it is clogged. This normally happens when waste material like paper towel, feminine products or anything other than toilet paper is flushed down the drainage system. The material then clogs the sump pump and the pump can no longer eject the sewage from the pit. The pit then fills up with sewage causing a foul smell to linger in your basement.

How to Fix?
At this point you will have to take apart your sump pump drainage system, remove the pump and do a thorough inspection of the propellers and drain to ensure there is nothing jammed or clogged in the sump pump. If you are uncomfortable performing this task we would highly recommend contacting us for our sump pump services.

2.) Your Sump Pump is Burnt out

The second most common issue is that your sump pump is completely burnt out. Sump pumps typically last about 8-12 years depending on make and model. If the sump pump burns out and is no longer working it can no longer eject the sewage from the basement which will lead to sewage odours and foul smells.

How to Fix?
The solution for this is simple. The pump will need to be removed and replaced with a new pump. Again, if you are uncomfortable with performing this process we would highly recommend giving us a call for our sump pump services and we will be more than happy to help you out.

3.) Your Sump Pump Lid is Not Sealed Properly

open sump pump basin Another common issue that can cause sump pump smells and odors is an improper seal on the lid. Every sump pump should have a lid with a watertight seal. The purpose of this lid is to capture the sewer gasses and to ensure nothing is leaking out from the sump pit and into your living space. If the seal is cracked or wasn’t put back together properly then you are going to have sewage gasses which can escape from the sump causing foul smells in your basement.

How to Fix?
The simple solution for this is to take apart the sump lid and reseal it. If the lid is cracked or broken, then you might be able to use a water tight silicone adhesive to seal the cracks. If that does not work, then the next option is purchasing a new lid for the sump and installing it.

4.) Your Sump Pump Basin is Dry

Another common issue that can cause foul smells is a dry sump pit. If the sump pump doesn’t get used for an extended period of time then the sewage/water in the sump pit will start to evaporate and dry up. This evaporation process then creates sewer gasses which can start to work their way out of the sump pit and into your house causing foul smells.

How to Fix?
The fix for this is simple. Don’t let your sump pump sit for extended periods of time without being used. It could be as simple as flushing the toilet every once in a while to ensure the sump pump doesn’t dry out and cause sewer gasses to evaporate into your home.

5.) Improper Maintenance

The last reason a sump pump might smell could be due to improper maintenance. Sump pumps that aren’t maintained or ignored can have accumulations of sewage build up around the sump pit and pump. If your sump pump is not cleaned or maintained, this debris can build up and start to cause serious foul smells in your basement.

How to Fix?
Fixing this issue is simple. It requires performing a thorough cleaning of your sump basin and pump. We recommend pulling the sump pump out of the basin and cleaning the pump with hot water. We recommend doing the same with the sump basin. Once everything has been cleaned, you will then want to pump out all the extra sewage debris that is left in the sump basin as this can linger and cause more smells.

Need Help With Your Sump Pump Basement Odors?

Being professional and knowledgeable plumbers ourselfs, we understand that not everyone wants to deal with their stinky, gross and smelly sump pump. These jobs are not for the faint of heart and require a strong stomach if you’re working around sewage. So if you need help with your sump pump and don’t want to deal with it yourself, feel free to give us a call today and one of our courteous knowledgeable plumbers will be at your front door step in no time whatsoever and get everything fixed in no time.

Call Today: 604-200-0162

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