If you are in your basement and you smell a foul odour, there might be a problem with your main sewer line or household plumbing. Sewer systems (and septic systems) host a variety of waste materials which undergo decomposition, resulting in the production of sewer gas. Sewer gas is composed mainly of methane gas but there are other gases namely hydrogen sulfide, carbon dioxide, ammonia, nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide – most of which give off foul smells, and can be quite dangerous.
Sewer gas can find its way into your home through a variety of faulty plumbing systems, especially in the floor drains in your basement or utility room. This is often the result of a damaged trap (the S shaped fixtures that are a part of every sink). It can also be the result of a damaged main drain line.
Exposure to high concentrations of sewer gases is dangerous – it can lead to hydrogen sulfide poisoning, interference with one’s sense of smell, unconsciousness and even death. Exposure to low concentrations of hydrogen sulfide can lead to dizziness, nausea, headaches and drowsiness.
If you suspect a blockage that is resulting in sewer gas entering your home, it is important to hire a qualified sewer drain cleaning professional who will use the right equipment and knowledge to inspect your system for any cracks or blockage. Our sewer repair experts have video camera systems that allow them to inspect drains for any debris that is blocking the pipes. Once we find the problem, we’ll enact the right measures to fix it and ensure your family’s safety – all while treating your home as if it were our own.
If you suspect that sewer gas is in your home, don’t delay – give us a call at 416-855-3729.