Sewer Odor Testing

Summer is a good time to smoke test sewers due to low flows and suitable weather.
 

Why do I want to smoke test my sewers? If you are getting complaints from residents about sewer backup into their basements, you already know one of the answers. The other reason is that USEPA (and, hence, state agencies) are increasingly “on the case” when it comes to untreated sanitary sewage overflows. If you haven’t already heard from them, it’s probably just a matter of time.

It’s not unusual for older sanitary sewer systems to have high flow rates during storms due to water entering through cracked pipes and gaps in manhole walls.
There are also all of the homes where, over the years, the owners have quietly connected downspouts and sump pump discharges to the sanitary sewer.
Smoke testing is generally intended to find:
• buildings that have illegal downspout, cellar, yard or foundation drain connections to the sanitary sewer
• illegal sump pump discharges into a sanitary sewer
• points of groundwater or surface water intrusion into sanitary sewers
• any cross connections between sanitary and storm sewers
Give it a try!
If you haven’t already tried smoke testing, Give  GAC Plumbing Company   a  CALL at 707-538-8000 and we can find that smell within your bathroom or Basement or walk-in Freezer.

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Sewer Odor Detection

Sewer Odor Detection: How to Get Rid of Sewer Gas in Your Home

Rotten eggs? No one likes smelling this particular odor walking into their home after a long day. After googling it – you may have poured chemicals down your drain for temporary relief however, you might be putting a Band-Aid fix over a larger problem.

What does it mean when you smell sewer gas in your house?

If you have that sewer gas smell in your house, apartment, or condo there may be several reasons why this is occurring. It could be your P trap in your sewer drain lines. You may be asking yourself, “why do I smell sewer gas in my house?” In sewer systems a P-shaped trap is typically filled with water – the water provides a seal to keep out the sewer gas smell. What causes sewer smells in a house? If that water seal is broken then the sewer gases smell will travel up the drains into your bathroom, kitchen, or the entire home. In older homes, the deterioration of the sewer cast iron pipes can be a reason why sewer gas smells enter into your home.

How do I get rid of the sewer gas smell in my house?

Since there could be several ways sewer gas smells can enter into your house, an odor detection test is a good place to start. 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. This traps the smoke inside the plumbing system. If there is a fault in the drains the smoke will flow from the failure point.

Whether you’ve been struggling with on-again-off-again sewer gas smell in your home for years or have just encountered your first sewer gas problem then this situation can be easily solved by a sewer odor detection test.