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millsmichaelj

03:55PM | 05/03/06
Member Since: 05/02/06
3 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
I have a ground flow toilet that just flush, and drains very slow. I have snaked the toilet, and through the clean out in the basement. The bathroom and kitchen sink are on the same drain line before the toilet, as well as the dishwasher. These all drain fine. I noticed while I was in the basement working on the problem, that I don't have a vent tube on the drain line. I also noticed that when I run any other water on that drain line, I get air bubbles into the toilet.

Sylvan

11:31AM | 05/04/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1449 lifetime posts
Me_office1
YOU Need a Vent

millsmichaelj

11:52AM | 05/04/06
Member Since: 05/02/06
3 lifetime posts
I just came back from Menards with all of the fittings, pipe and etc.. I'm adding the vent here shortly. I bought an Oatly Vent that runs off of the line without being added to the rest of the Vent loop. Do you know if these work well or not?

millsmichaelj

11:54AM | 05/04/06
Member Since: 05/02/06
3 lifetime posts
I will be adding the vent shortly. I bought an Oatley vent that they say doesn't need to be attached to the rest of the vent loop. Do you know if these work well or not? Thanks for your help.

Sylvan

12:45PM | 05/05/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1449 lifetime posts
Me_office1
I happen to like my accounts and thus refrain from trying to kill them with sewer gases SO I always vent to the outside of the structure.

Killing folks with dangerous fumes found in sewers is not how to make friends and influence people


Sylvan

12:50PM | 05/05/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1449 lifetime posts
Me_office1
Sewer gas is a complex mixture of toxic and non-toxic gases that can be present at varying levels depending upon the source. It is formed during the decay of household and industrial waste. Highly toxic components of sewer gas include hydrogen sulfide and ammonia.

Sewer gas also contains methane, carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrous oxides. In addition, chlorine bleaches, industrial solvents, and gasoline are frequently present in municipal and privately owned-sewage treatment systems.

How are people exposed to sewer gas?

Sewer gas can enter a home through a floor drain, from a leaking or blocked plumbing roof vent, WHY take a chance on an "INDOOR Vent"

What are the effects of exposure to sewer gas?

The principal risks and effects associated with exposure are:

Hydrogen sulfide poisoning. Exposure to low levels of hydrogen sulfide causes irritation of the eyes and respiratory tract. Other symptoms include nervousness, dizziness, nausea, headache, and drowsiness. This gas smells like rotten eggs, even at extremely low concentrations. Exposure to high concentrations can interfere with the sense of smell, making this warning signal unreliable. At extremely high levels, hydrogen sulfide can cause immediate loss of consciousness and death.

Asphyxiation. Methane acts like carbon monoxide, blocking oxygen in the blood, and can similarly cause suffocation and death at high levels. Exposure to lower levels can produce flu-like symptoms such as headache, nausea, and drowsiness. Breathing undiluted sewer gas, even for short periods, as in a municipal sewer line or a manure storage tank, can result in suffocation and death. Sewer gas diffuses and mixes into indoor air, and will be most concentrated where it is entering. It can accumulate in basements.

Explosion and fire. Methane and hydrogen sulfide are flammable and highly explosive


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