Do sewage treatment plants smell?
Sewage treatment plants are one of the most effective ways to remove wastewater from a building.
They are popular in remote areas where buildings can’t be connected to the main sewer systems, and they are chosen too by people looking for an efficient and environmentally-friendly waste disposal system.
If your sewage treatment plant is well maintained and regularly serviced, then it won’t smell. If there’s a problem, then the first sign could be a bad odour. But there’s always an underlying reason for a smell. Here at OMDI, we’ll be on hand with a solution.
What is a sewage treatment plant?
Sewage treatment plants are similar to septic tanks, but with a few differences.
While a septic tank releases wastewater straight into the ground, a sewage treatment plant will treat it before doing so. Harmful by-products in the waste are broken down and decontaminated, ensuring the wastewater is safe to be released into waterways.
If your sewage treatment plant is regularly serviced by a professional – at least once a year – then it shouldn’t smell. If there is a foul odour, then call for a service as soon as possible to isolate and fix the problem.
What causes a sewage treatment plant to smell?
There are a few main causes that will result in your sewage treatment plant beginning to smell. The main reason is simply a build-up of sludge over time. Sewage treatment plants need to be emptied at least once a year because only the wastewater is ejected. A bad smell usually just means that it’s time to be emptied.
Other reasons can involve the air vents being blocked or the air not circulating efficiently within the system. The sewage treatment plant could also be contaminated by objects that can’t be broken down, in the same way as sewage.
What to do if a sewage treatment plant smells
The first thing to do if your sewage treatment plant is smelly is to call in professionals such as OMDI. Our experts will be able to work out what exactly is causing the smell and then provide a solution to fix the problem.
There will be a range of alternatives, with the most common fix simply being to empty the plant of the build-up of sludge. You will want to check too that the sewage treatment plant is actually running and connected to power, as most run using electricity. You can also make sure none of the air vents are being blocked and that no food waste, or other objects that can’t be broken down, are finding their way into the treatment plant.
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Here at OMDI we have years of experience installing and repairing sewage treatment plants.
If you’re looking to design and install your own waste disposal facilities, then our experts are on hand to help you out. Contact OMDI today to find out more about sewage treatment plants and obtain a free, no-obligation quote for your project.