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Is Sewer Gas Dangerous?

Is Sewer Gas Dangerous?

If you have entered your home and been met with the severe stench of rotten eggs, either someone forgot to find some eggs this past Easter, or sewer gas is leaking into your home. These types of leaks don’t necessitate an immediate evacuation but should be handled ASAP.

However, sewer gas and natural gas leaks can smell similar, so it's important to ensure that your home is safe, though sewer gas tends to smell more like rotten eggs. If you suspect a gas leak, even if unsure, leave your home immediately and call 911.

Down below, we have answered a few questions about sewer gas and what it might mean for your home.

What is Sewer Gas?

Sewer gas is the natural breakdown of human byproducts; as the waste begins to break down, it releases a combination of toxic and non-toxic gases such as hydrogen sulfide, methane, ammonia, and carbon dioxide. These gasses combine to create that nasty rotten egg smell.

How Dangerous is Sewer Gas?

Sewer gas isn’t necessarily dangerous at low levels. However, continued exposure or high gas levels can put you and your family at risk of getting sewer gas poisoning or even cause a fire.

The compounds in sewer gas can cause many adverse reactions, including lightheadedness, nausea, seizures, organ damage, and even death.

Some of the elements of sewer gas are highly flammable, so if left unchecked, they could present a serious fire risk.

Possible Causes of a Sewer Gas Leak

There can be many causes for sewer gas, such as blocked vents, blockages in the drains, cracked sewer pipes, or leaking pipes.

How to Fix the Problem

The best way to keep you and your family safe is to get on this problem right away. When dealing with a potential sewer gas leak, your first step should be to open any windows and doors to help some of the gas escape and avoid any potential fires. Your next step is to immediately get on the phone with a plumber who can come and assess where the leak may be coming from and fix the problem and provide you with the measures to take to avoid this issue in the future.

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