Getting Rid of Septic Tank Odor?

What can I do about septic tank odor?

By cathy from MA


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July 18, 20100 found this helpful

Sounds like it's time for a pump-out if your odor is in your backyard; if you have odors only in individual sink or tub traps, they may just need a snaking or a cleaning . Bleach isn't good for septics--you can dump 1/2 a box of baking soda to 1/2 a small bottle of white vinegar for a gentler way of doing each drain.

If the odor is coming from every drain, though--you probably need a pumping.

Another one of the ways to determine if your septic system needs a pro to come out and pump the tank also is that your toilet flushes more slowly than normal.

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February 25, 20170 found this helpful

Septic tanks have an odor. There are no two ways about that. Air can be carried back to the ground from your septic tank vent by air currents.


This is particularly common if your home is up against a treeline or hill. Activated carbon filters can be used to resolve this problem.

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