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7 Mar 2000 at 7:20 am #278464MasterPlumbersKeymaster
we have been noticing a “smell” in the basement, sewer gas we’re thinking. our house is grade level entrance,
so that’s what welcomes us when we walk in sometimes. we just had the tank pumped and the lines cleared last year. we
have only lived in this house for a year and have alway noticed this odor. we keep the traps filled with water, we
even tried covering them. what can we do? it really is offensive.
thanks for your time
17 Mar 2000 at 7:38 am #298563Guest
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17 Mar 2000 at 6:50 pm #298564John Aldrich1
Yvonne, the “source of the problem” you are experiencing is a leak in the vent system of your home. The gases that are produced by the bacteria, and other microbes, in the digestion process are a natural by-product of a properly functioning, anaerobic septic tank. The vent system is designed to conduct all of the gasses produced in the system to above the roof of the home.
Some gasses, which are ODORLESS but very dangerous, are produced in the anaerobic microbial digestion of organic material, such as methane. It is hard for me to believe that a selected blend of certain strains of bacteria will consume all the organic matter in the sewage flow, and not produce odorous, nor odorless yet dangerous gasses as a by-product of digestion. Even if the frequent innoculation of the system with septic system additives eliminates, OR REDUCES, bad odors from the septic tank, the practice is akin to placing a bandaid on a broken arm.
Call a plumber, and have the leak in the vent system found, and repaired.
The claims made by companies marketing bacterial innoculants, and enzymes may be valid, and true, however, there has yet to be controlled studies, or experiments conducted to prove the claims. They may have a wheelbarrow full of testimonials from satisfied customers, but until scientific proof of the value in using the product is established, I will decline to recommend, or purchase these products. JWA
17 Mar 2000 at 7:15 pm #298565John Aldrich1
In addition to the above comments, I do not trust the veracity of anyone who will not sign their name on their correspondence. Just exactly who is “Customer Service.”
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