Sewer smells are one of those things that everybody hates,especially when there intermittent and affecting your health. Here we give you the inside of the twin plumbers case file from a real sewer smell leak detection job and a real customer that was being affected with symptoms of soar throat.
Its really important to understand that when you have a sewer smell ,get
a professional to locate the issue right away to protect you and your
family from this distinctive off gas called hydrogen sulfide.
How can hydrogen sulfide gas affect my health?
Hydrogen sulfide can affect several different systems in the body. Exposure to lower concentrations can cause eye irritation, a sore throat and cough, shortness of breath and fluid in the lungs. These symptoms usually go away in a few weeks after exposure ends. Long-term, low-level exposure may result in fatigue, loss of appetite, headaches, irritability, poor memory and dizziness. Breathing very high levels of hydrogen sulfide can cause death within just a few breaths. There could be a loss of consciousness after one or more breaths. This high level of exposure would not be expected in a home, but could occur in a workplace.
Top 3 things you can do first to rule out where your sewer odor is coming from BEFORE hiring a professional : (add 2 pictures)
Check all P-TRAPS to your shower and tubs ,and lavatories . If the P-traps are not holding water or your not using your fixtures then the traps will dry out due to evaporation. ( need a well lite flash light for a proper inspection)
Make sure your drains are flowing properly
Make sure your drain are clean from sludge and debris ,this restricts proper venting of hydrogen sulfide
Get your self some BioClean and ad to your drains ,this is a great product that works great in eating away debris that cause sewer smell ,especially in showers.
The twin plumbers give you helpful tips on some simple steps you can do on your own:
Attach how to find a sewer odor video
Hidden sewer smells that are hard to find :
The first thing is to make sure you hire a professional that has experience and the technology to find this hidden danger. NOT all plumbers are created equal ,so its important to ask the following questions BEFORE you hire on that sewer specialist to come out to your home :
What technology do you have in locating sewer smell ?
if they answer you with things like :
H2S instruments ,micro cameras and smoke testing equipment,,this a good sign ,they know what there doing .
Then ask …..
Do you offer a 100 percent GUARANTEE ?
Any professional should NOT charge you if they cannot find the sewer gas ,yes, it does sometimes require finding a needle in a hay stack ,but if its a real professional with a lot of experience there should be no problems offering you this piece of mind.
so ,if they answer you YES ! Hurry up and HIRE THEM ,YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE !
Here’s a video we made to help you find that nasty sewer smell that comes and goes in your home:
Well, hope this helped you give you precise information on how to deal with that hidden sewer smell and what to ask before you hire a professional ! We do have a great way to contain and keep your indoor air quality safe while trying to locate that sewer smell using our advanced technology, so give us a call today so we can help!
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