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. The symptoms of sewer gas exposure are often misdiagnosed by doctors. This 63-page book shows you all the ways sewer gas from city sewer systems and septic systems enters homes and provides you with the appropriate solutions.


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

Why trust the author? 3
Preface 4
Sharing this book 9
What is sewer gas? 10
Particles, moisture, and odors 11
The explosive nature of sewer gas 15
Homes designed to protect us from sewer gas 16
What are the symptoms of inhaling sewer gas? 19
How does sewer gas sneak into homes? 20
       Metabolism 21
       Dry and missing plumbing fixture traps 22
       Improperly sealed access plugs 36
       Corroded and dislocated waste pipes 39
       Contaminated soil under homes 42
       Improperly pitched sewer gas vent pipes 46
       Frozen sewer gas vent pipes 49
       Stack vent pipes that are capped or the wrong height 49
       Obstructed stack vent pipes 51
       Frozen stack vent pipes 56
       Negative indoor air pressure 61
Helping Others 62


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