Causes behind unpleasant smell from Sump Pump and its prevention

Causes behind unpleasant smell from Sump Pump and its prevention

Sump Pump Defined
A sump pump is generally used to remove water that has accumulated in a water collecting sump basin, most commonly found in the basement of homes. Sump pump is a very useful plumbing device used to remove excess groundwater from the basement and it helps to avoid basement flooding. Without sump pump basement flooding can cause damage to your furniture and other utilities. Most of the sump pumps have backflow preventer, so that it pumps water in one direction. But if this valve is missing, then water will return to sump pit and create unpleasant odor.

Bacterial Growth, Sewage and Sump Pump
Household sewage material, bacteria growth, debris when mixed with plumbing devices such as sump pump create unpleasant smell from the system. This sewage odor coming from sump pump can be prevented by using a bleach. Bleach can kill the bacterial growth in the sewer lines and sump pit. The bacterial growth, dirt that clogs the sump pump can also create unpleasant smell like rotten eggs. If you are facing any problem with sump pit odor, then A-General Sump Pump maintenance service will be very helpful to you.

Fungal Growth
If the sump pump does not filter groundwater effectively, there would be fungal growth on the sump pit due to damp surface, which will create unpleasant odors.

Sump Pump Cleaning
If you want to keep your sump pump clean, then regularly clean the dirt and bacterial growth in the sump pit. Bacteria, dirt and other waste material should be washed away from sump pit. If you install an airtight lid over the sump pit, it can reduce the smell coming from it. The best way of stopping unpleasant odors coming from sump pit is allowing circulation of fresh air inside the pump. Fresh air will prevent nasty odors.

Sump pump if not maintained properly, can create a breeding ground for unpleasant odors. So make sure that you keep it clean. If you want any information about general plumbing services and devices such as ejector pumps, well pumps, look no further, contact A-General: Plumbing and Sewer Service.


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