If you've got foul odors lingering in the air, and you can't find the culprit, the problem might be coming from below the surface. If you have a septic system, your tanks could be emitting foul odors. Even if you have your septic tank emptied on a regular basis, you could still be left to deal with odor issues. Here are three steps you can take to eliminate septic odors.

Flush the Pipes

A lot of what you send down through to the septic system gets caught in the drain pipes. Over time, the buildup can lead to foul odors. You can keep the septic lines clean and reduce odors by flushing the pipes at least once a week. Fill a bucket with hot water. Add 1 cup of vinegar and ¼ cup of liquid dish detergent. Pour the contents down the drain and allow it to work for about 15 minutes. Flush the drains with hot water for several minutes to wash the soapy solution through the pipes.

Add Baking Soda

Baking soda is a great odor neutralizer. It also works to maintain the proper pH balance inside your septic system. When the pH level is balanced, you reduce the occurrence of foul odors because the contents of your system can decompose properly. To reduce odors and maintain a healthy pH level in your septic tank add about 1 cup of baking soda each month. Pour the baking soda into your kitchen drain and flush with hot water. The water will wash the baking soda through to the septic tank. For extremely offensive odors, try adding baking soda once a week instead of once a month.

Avoid Odor-Causing Items

Your septic system is made up of two tanks and a seepage pit. The first tank holds all the solid waste. The second tank acts as a holding tank for the liquid waste as it filters through to the seepage pit. Human waste and most food products usually decompose quickly. However, some items, such as cigarette butts, coffee grounds, and some tissue products don't decompose properly. Instead, they remain inside the tank and rot. Unfortunately, as they rot, they generate foul odors that filter up through the drain pipes into your home. You can reduce the odors by keeping cigarette butts, coffee grounds and non-septic friendly tissue out of your septic tank.

If foul odors are making life unbearable, you might have a problem with your septic tank. Use the simple tips provided here and talk to a company like Lutzky Contracting for more tips to eliminate septic odors. To keep your septic tank working properly, be sure to have it serviced at least once every three to five years.