11 Ways Toxic Sewer Gas Sneaks into a Home

Sewer gas smell is often subtle or undetectable. I discover it in 7 out of 10 homes I investigate—and in almost every situation, my clients had no idea this poisonous gas was in the air they were breathing every day and a major contributing factor to their health issues.

The symptoms of sewer gas exposure are often misdiagnosed by doctors.

This book will explain the various symptoms and teach you how to inspect for and protect yourself from exposure to poisonous sewer gas. You’ll see investigation photos with explanations showing you all the ways sewer gas from city sewer systems and septic systems finds its way into homes.


11 Ways Toxic Sewer Gas Sneaks into a Home

Sewer gas is toxic to humans and pets. It is readily absorbed into the blood, where it can affect multiple systems in a body. It contains bacteria and viruses that can cause additional health problems that are almost never identified as being caused by sewer gas exposure.

In rare instances, the subtle aroma of the gas can be identified by people who do not live in the house. In most instances, the odor of the gas diminishes to low enough levels that are not detectable by human perception.

Physical symptoms can include irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and respiratory system; chronic coughing or clearing of the throat; wheezing; bronchitis; asthma symptoms; nausea; vomiting; and reproductive health issues, including an increase in the possibility of a miscarriage.

Neurological symptoms due to exposure can include headaches, dizziness, confusion, vertigo, staggering, poor memory, ADD, ADHD, reduced motor function, nervousness, insomnia, seizures, convulsions, and cardiopulmonary arrest.

Making matters worse is the significant amount of moisture vapor in sewage systems that can simultaneously enter homes with the gas. The moisture adds to indoor humidity that contributes to hidden mold growth in homes and attics.

This book is loaded with photographs from field investigations to show you exactly what to look for to determine if you have a gas intrusion problem, and it provides you with practical solutions for each situation. There is no question that you will benefit from reading this book.


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Table of Contents

What is sewer gas?
Particles, moisture, and odors
The explosive nature of sewer gas
Homes designed to protect us from sewer gas
What are the symptoms of inhaling sewer gas?
How does sewer gas sneak into homes?
Dry and missing plumbing fixture traps
Improperly sealed access plugs
Corroded and dislocated waste pipes
Contaminated soil under homes
Improperly pitched sewer gas vent pipes
Frozen sewer gas vent pipes
Stack vent pipes that are capped or the wrong height
Obstructed stack vent pipes
Frozen stack vent pipes
Negative indoor air pressure
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