Wastewater systems are facilities used in treating wastewater in such a way
that contaminants or impurities are eradicated from the wastewater before it flows back to the natural body of water. If you are suffering from that in your house, your nearby plumber will diagnose and fix the issues for you.
A wastewater system is sometimes referred to as a sewage treatment system as the wastewater could be from the bathroom, toilet, or kitchen. However, during the treatment process, the whole surrounding is always filled with an alarming odour and the cause is always questioned by residents around the wastewater system.
What Are Main Causes Most Odours In The Wastewater System?
Odours in the wastewater system are a normal phenomenon but when it becomes overbearing, there is a need to look into the cause of the issue. Residents of a particular street reached out to us to check out the main cause of a horrible smell in the environment.
At the end of the search, plumbers in our company realised the smell is not from the houses but from a wastewater treatment system located at the far end of the street. However, the residents of the street seem not to believe the report as they felt a wastewater system is meant to treat the water and rid it of the horrible smell.
This belief brought about this article to broaden the knowledge of residents in London and the United Kingdom citizens at large on the main cause of odours in wastewater systems.
The main odour is caused by Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S). This compound is a natural byproduct that is produced during the anaerobic decomposition of biosolids. However, this odour does not disturb the environs if all things are in place as it only becomes unbearable as a result of a few things which are minor but become major later due to how they help make the residents feel uneasy in their homes.
Let’s set the ball rolling as we look into a few other causes of odours from the wastewater treatment system which are;
- The offensive odour becomes unbearable due to the high temperature.
- The odour could also result from the release of compounds like amines and mercaptans which are high in nitrogen and sulphur.
- The odour moves with the direction of the wind causing you to perceive the odour for months once the direction of the wind is towards your home.
- The transfer of biosolids increases the intense odour of the odour as biosolids are always removed from the wastewater treatment system to the central landfill, once the moisture content has been reduced by 6% to 20%.
- The odour is always experienced during certain times in the spring and summer as bio removals are done during that time of the year. Besides, the emergency plumber advises that you should also maintain your pipes, and do the possible home plumbing repair during this season too.
- The volume of biosolids also results in the strength of the odour which usually occurs if the population in the city should increase. Increased population means increased waste products and a large volume of biosolid removal.
- The chemicals used to unclog materials in your pipe, grease, fats, wipe, carwash and other things flushed down your toilets or drains go down to the wastewater treatment system, weakening it and making the bio-solid chemical difficult to break down.
This difficulty increases the odour, confirming what our plumbers always advise homeowners, not to use chemicals to unclog their drains unless it is recommended by their emergency plumber in UK.
- The type of facilities your city’s wastewater system has, as old facilities do not have strong odour control systems, unlike modern ones that can control the odour.
How To Control The Odour From The Wastewater System?
The Offensive odour from the Wastewater system can be controlled once the source of the odour is recognized. The following things can be done to control the odour.
- Seal the source of the odour by covering it with a special lid or other things which is always used by a wastewater specialist or recommended by an emergency plumber.
- Check the pipes in the wastewater treatment system for leaks or other things that require extensive plumbing repairs.
- Improve the treatment process or add more desired chemicals for the operation.
- The wastewater specialists also use capture and treat technology to help control the odour. Such treatment technology includes; biofilters, carbon filters and other things.
- Construct a modern wastewater system facility if your facilities are old.
- Make sure to remove its biosolids once it has lost from 6 % to 20% moisture content.
- Employ the service of an emergency plumber to help check the sewer lines in the area especially from your house down to the main sewer line that connects to the wastewater treatment system.
- Use an odour masking agent.
Odours from wastewater treatment systems occur due to the production of some compounds such as Hydrogen Sulfide, ammonia, and mercaptans and this can be reduced naturally by sealing the system with an industrial lead to prevent polluting the environment.