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My wife, Jessica, and I recently completed building a new home. It’s not the first we’ve built, but the first for us personally. Septic systems reign supreme in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Truth be told, they are excellent at disposing wastewater. While most professionals recommend annual to semi-annual maintenance and pump out, many homeowners choose not touch them until there is a problem. I know of endless scenarios where owners haven’t touched their system in a decade plus.
When we finished construction, we had a unique scenario I’ve never come across in over ten years of being a real estate agent. Brand new system, brand new home, septic system stench in the driveway. It was awful. There were days you could walk outside and it smelled as though the septic tank lid was open in front of you.
I researched to learn this is a fairly common issue. New septic systems vent, or breathe, from the vent stack in your home that normally vents through your roof. Essentially, it is a straight line to the septic tank itself. During low pressure systems in the atmosphere, it can push septic gasses down to where you live and play. Also, our home is built against the bank of a mountain. That, too, can cause downward air flow and cause those gasses to linger against your home.
We found a solution. After much research, we realized this is not uncommon at all. I’d never come across it in selling hundreds of homes. We found a company, Odor Hog, that produces a product that slips over your pipe vent on your roof and filters it using a replaceable carbon bag. It can provide 10 years of service, which was impressive. The reviews were spectacular, yet I skeptically ordered one.
It works. Through a compression fitting requiring no tools, it slips on and immediately starts working. We’ve not smelled it again, not once, since we installed it. I highly recommend if you find yourself with this apparently common, but still unique, problem, you should buy one. Visit their website below and watch a miracle happen!
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Hello.. I wanted to let you know how thankful our family is that your product worked as advertised. Moving into a pre-existing home, I was immediately convinced that the unbearable sewage smells were going to be a new way of life. After calling plumbers who simply shook their heads, I started researching the [...]
To ensure a proper fit, measure your vent pipe's outside diameter (O.D.) and use the following table. Vent Pipe Manufacturers size their pipe by the inside diameter (I.D.). Because OdorHogs fit over the outside of your vent pipe, we care what the outside diameter is. The O.D. you measure will be slightly larger than the [...]
The difference between the standard and commercial carbon is the base material the carbon is made from. Standard carbon is made from a wood base and our commercial grade carbon is made from a coconut shell based carbon that has a higher sewer gas absorption capacity and is made for longer life. It is perfect [...]
WHAT SETS ODORHOG APART is the replaceable mesh bag inside the body, which contains high quality, pelletized carbon that is activated for the Hydrogen Sulfide molecule (that stinky odor). Changing your carbon out has never been easier and can be done while the OdorHog remains on the vent pipe! Just remove the cap, pull the old [...]
An OdorHog will not work on inside plumbing odors. For sewer odors that are originating from the inside of the home, we recommend calling a Licensed Plumber.An OdorHog is strictly for filtering odors that originate from the vent pipes, whether it's on the roof or at the ground level, venting the septic tank. OdorHog solves [...]
Hello and Thank You from the mountains of Tennessee! I have to admit I was quite skeptical, our home is in the forest on the side of a Tennessee mountain, downdraft is what we have year round but especially in the winter. Always after washing dishes, clothes, or a shower there was the traditional lighting [...]