What You Need to Know About Sewage Gas and Odor

What Is Sewer Gas? Is It Dangerous to Our Health?

Sewage gas, while unpleasant to smell, can be dangerous. Because the gas contains methane, there is a risk of explosion hazards. If you detect a sulfur smell this could be dangerous to your health. If exposed to very high concentrations of sewer gas, a person can asphyxiate and die. More common symptoms of exposure to sewer gas include nausea, eye irritation, and difficulty breathing.

Is There Any Explosion Risk

Sewer gas can contain methane and hydrogen sulfide, both highly flammable and potentially explosive substances. As such, the ignition of the gas is possible with flame or sparks.

What Is Sewer Odor Detection?

The first step in getting rid of your sewer gas problem can be easily accomplished by an odor detection test commonly referred to as a “smoke” test. This process involves isolating the sewer system by pushing colored smoke through a roof stack and blocking off the drain line with a test ball.

Smoke testing involves forcing smoke-filled air, under pressure, through a sewer line or drainage system. Smoke testing is the most efficient and cost-effective way to locate and identify infiltration and exfiltration problems in a drainage system.

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