With temperatures rising in Virginia, Washington, DC and Maryland as the region begins to shake off that winter chill, you may have begun to notice strange odors coming from your house's plumbing that weren't there during the colder months. This is because as the Mid Atlantic defrosts, the groundwater, which may have frozen during winter, will melt and leak into the sewers, increasing the amount of sewage flowing through your city's main waste pipes.
In many areas throughout the Mid Atlantic, homes are prone to seeing sewage runoff back-up into their pipes, leaving homeowners to contend with unpleasant smells. Not only that, but in some cases, the sewage will actually come up through the drains and fill up the basins of toilets, bathtubs and sinks.
If you are noticing this in your house, now may be the time to contact a Fairfax plumbing service like John C. Flood to begin exploring your options. One solution that we may recommend would be looking into a backflow valve for the main waste pipes in your home.
These devices, also known as "backwater valves" and "backflow protectors," are essentially designed to detect when the liquid in your pipes begins flowing in the opposite direction. In many cases, this is indicative of a backup from the sewers, and when there is a backflow valve installed, it will basically close the pipes off to incoming sewage, shielding your home from the kind of backup that will make your home smell less than desirable.
Along with having having John C. Flood install a backflow valve for you, make sure that all of your home's drain traps are adequately filled with enough water to seal off unwelcome sewer odors.