A Guide to HVAC Units for the Amateur

When our family first moved into our home five years ago, the central heating and air unit were brand new. We never considered that there would be a time when it would not be operating as we wanted it to. When the time to buy a new unit came, we found that the available options were more diverse than we thought. It was all too confusing. After researching the different options, I decided to create this blog. My hope is that others who are faced with this decision can find easy-to-understand information that can aid in quickly making an informed decision.

PEE-YOO! What's That Smell In The Bathroom?

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You walk into the bathroom at your workplace or your home and all of a sudden you are bombarded with the stench of sewage. You gag at the smell of it and hold your nose so you can at least breathe while in the room. The cause of this smell is unknown to you, but you do know that no one can go into the bathroom and use it without creating a bigger problem, so you will need to let everyone in your facility know right away. The thing you need to do now is determine exactly what is causing this smell so that you can figure out how to fix it in a timely manner. Here are a few of the things that might be causing this terrible smell and what you can do about it:

An Unused Sink

If the sink in your bathroom hasn't been used in quite a while, a sewage smell might come up. The water in the P-trap can evaporate if it hasn't been refilled in a while, which opens the barrier between the bathroom and the sewer gases below. Fortunately, for this particular problem, you won't need to call in a professional to fix this problem. Just run some water to fill up the P-trap. The smell should dissipate and you should be fine.

Sludge Buildup

While gross, a very real problem that may exist in your pipes is sludge buildup. This can happen over time as a result of shampoo, hair, and other items going down the drain and getting stuck together in there. While some of them may be small enough to pass through the pipes unharmed, a few of them might actually expand and create a blockage in the pipes. When this happens, things can't drain properly, and thus the things that get flushed into the pipes also build up, eventually creating a sludge that will need to be taken care of right away. This sludge can produce a smell that is similar to a sewer smell, and if you aren't comfortable with taking your pipes apart and digging out the sludge (which can be a nasty job), you should have a plumber do it for you.

Although these are only two of the reasons why there may be a sewer smell in the bathroom, they are indeed the most common, and thus, you should check for these things right away. If you don't, you may have some major health issues later on down the road. Sewer gases are no laughing matter, and if inhaled, they can sometimes be fatal. Therefore, as soon as you smell this disgusting smell, get out of the bathroom and either get assistance right away or at least put on a respirator so that you won't be exposed to the harmful toxins in the area. Once you've done this, you can take the necessary steps to remedy the problem once and for all.

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24 February 2015