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|
|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|
|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|
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