What to Do About Odors Coming From a Lift Station

We love what we do and we recognize the value lift stations have in a wastewater system – but the reality is that it can uh, stink sometimes, too. Literally and figuratively. In fact, lift stations can be the direct source of many unpleasant odors. 

Though it’s difficult to control what accumulates inside of them – measures need to be take to make sure that lift station sites reduce airborne odor levels. Today, we’re going to talk about why these unpleasant odors happen and what some of the things are that you can do in order to make sure they continue happening or make them more preventable. Let’s jump right in. 

Where they come from

In all honesty – 90% of lift station odors come as the result of two things. Grease build-up and hydrogen sulfide. Once just kinda stinks while the other can be hazardous so it’s important to know about both.

The biggest thing that can be done is that businesses  and homeowners remain vigilant and conscious about what they’re throwing down the drain. Restaurants should dispose of grease and fat responsibly and homeowners need to not throw solids and non-biodegradable materials down the drain. When these form clogs they form a gas called Hydrogen sulfide which is actually toxic.

Yes, it smells terrible (like rotten eggs) and it’ll give you headaches, watery eyes and the like. In fact, too much exposure can cause even more damage than that. Even worse, this gas can wreak havoc on the components within the lift station leaving you with more than a toxic mess to clean up, but also one you’ll have to pay for. 

What to do

Without a question – if you notice that rotten egg odor coming from your lift station and/or notice it getting increasingly worse – do not hesitate. Call a licensed pro immediately. More often than not – its a simple clog and some maintenance and the problem with subside. However, there is the possibility of deeper, more corrosive damage that has been done to your lift station. While neither answers are particularly ones you’ll want to hear; they’re certainly more palatable than the damage hydrogen sulfide can cause. Call a pro immediately and get it fixed. 

While no one wants this news, it’s important that you get your problem addressed immediately. If you notice these odors coming from your lift station and you’re in the Tampa, FL area, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to help. Until then – good luck!