Sewer Odor Experts for Roof Top Sewer Vent Stack Filters

Every state, city, and village either has odor ordinances or treats obnoxious odors perceptible beyond property lines as public disturbances/nuisance. All plumbing vent stacks produce odors unless they fitted with a filter. OSHA warns that levels of 300-ppm (H2S) cause the olfactory nerve to lose sensitivity. At first a “rotten egg” odor is detected but on the second or third breath the odor is no longer noticed. All major odor problems have associated fines or other penalties.

When you are experiencing sewer or septic smells inside a home or business not near a plumbing fixture these odors are most likely coming from your sewer vent stacks on your roof. All plumbing vent stacks produce odors including that “rotten egg” smell caused by hydrogen sulfide gas unless they are fitted with a filter. One of the most common problems is the sewer gas (H2S) is drawn into the fresh air intakes on the roof from the air conditioning systems. On roofs industrial buildings code also require fresh air intake for building air balance against all the stale air exhausted through roof vents. The potential problem can be identified through basic smell of odor when on the roof or around the perimeter of the building as hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas is heavier than air and thus falls to “nose level” quickly when the wind blows just right. A professional can use a H2S measuring device to detect and measure sewer gas concentration being omitted from specific roof vent stacks. The vents omitting gas is a natural occurrence on most homes and buildings because that’s the way they are designed.

Raising roof vent stacks does not solve the problem it only displaces it on a windy day to blow over the exterior wall to open windows, the patio, the fireplace, the garden, pool area, sidewalk, front door, driveway, or parking lot. On a non-wind day sewer gas is heavier than air and will settle on roof and cause intermittent sewer odors in the home or building.

Installing a One way valve on the sewer stacks will reduce the sewer gas that vents to the roof through the opening and closing of the valve. The Mechanical Engineers design the sewer venting system for it to be a sealed system in the home or business but unrestricted venting to the atmosphere. This type of system defeats the original design intent for all building designs. The system operates on demand of actions in the home or business such as the flush of a toilet or turning on a sink. Since this type of system is capping the vent stacks, it is pressurizing the sewer system in the home or business. It is creating more of a potential for sewer gas odor problems. Any type of bad plumbing seals or gaskets that that may have a small leak will cause the problem to intensify. The vent is now mechanically opened and closed by a valve. It can fail in open position too. This introduces sewer gas to the roof, when it fails.

Charcoal vent stack filters on the sewer stacks is one odor filters on the market but is less effective when introduced to moisture which causes it to solidify or cake up. Sewer gas from the vent stacks is extremely high with moisture since the systems primary function is to drain water in a sealed system underground away from the building. In my opinion this product is not the right product for this application.

I recommend for homes odor eliminator vent stack filters that use Zeocarbon. Zeocarbon is a mixture of carbon and zeolite rock, which has been independently demonstrated to work up to 7 times longer than regular carbon alone. Vent stack filters using this technology are unique in that they actually regenerate themselves for up to 5 years. These systems use sunlight. The exterior, interior, and zeocarbon replaceable bags themselves are impregnated with titanium dioxide (approximately the same quantity and type in most popular toothpastes on the market). When exposed to direct sunlight the titanium dioxide produces ozone, which directly destroys odors and regenerates the zeocarbon. When combined with “no flow periods” common to most households, this design allow us to operate up to 5 years without refilling the units. Many units completely block any regenerative UV sunlight though the use of opaque rain caps and guards that promote the development of odor producing bacteria. However because the zeocarbon can only absorb so much gas, this type filter is designed with a low cost, easily replaceable insert bags. Another good thing on this type filter is the restriction on the airflow is so slight (it has a pressure differential measured at only 1.5″ w.g./ft@50 fpm) that it does not interfere with normal venting of the plumbing system. This type filter is made with animal resistant self-cleaning screens coupled with the frost proof insulating solar heat absorption design characteristics, protects the vent stack from plugging in all seasons.

The zeocarbon filter not only traps sewer gases at the roof vent, so they cannot escape into the air at all, but it also means less air pollution from GREENHOUSE GASES. It particularly traps ammonia, carbon dioxide (global warming) and hydrogen sulfide (the rotten-egg smelling gas), which the filter traps on an 18-24% wt/wt basis, and used zeocarbon acts as an excellent source of nitrogen when mixed with soil. Even though the filter is installed directly on the vent pipe, it’s frost proof design is such that it not only does not impede air being drawn into the vent, it prevent hoar frost plugging and keeps out insects and critters. This filter is also for vents that are directly connected to aerated or non aerated septic tanks, septic mounds, drain fields, landfill vents, compost vents, etc. In many instances, city-sewer connections bring gas into the home’s plumbing vents which vent the gases out the roof vent and often down into the back yard where they can be drawn into the home. This type filter has proven beneficial in those cases too!

I recommend for mobile homes, restaurants, daycare centers, nursing homes, and schools, odor eliminator vent stack filters that filter the harmful sewer odors by oxidation. Oxidation is accomplished with chlorine dioxide technology. Because chlorine dioxide reacts selectively and primarily with only the most offensive odor producing compounds (hydrogen sulfide, organic sulfurs, organic amines) the Odor Eliminators will normally provide a much longer service life than products such as activated carbon. With a properly designed filter that allows the original design of the system plumbing system to function does not pressurize the lines like some of the other products on the market. Moisture does not have a negative effect on the Eliminator therefore unwanted reactions do not occur and power is not needlessly spent allowing chlorine dioxide to be available and ready on demand. The result is safe, extremely effective, broad-spectrum malodor control. Chlorine dioxide remains available and ready on demand.

Polishing is accomplished with technology that protects against the escape of malodors can not be oxidized. It incorporates polymeric adsorption and electrostatic bonding technologies. Polishing and oxidizing are accomplished simultaneously. The result is safe (utilizing the same material approved for food storage by the USDA), extremely effective, broad-spectrum malodor control. (Request Form No. 502 from USDA for more detailed information.)

After you have installed roof stack vent filters, inside odors are most likely coming from leaking wax seals or gaskets on your plumbing fixtures. In this case the odor is concentrated typically in an isolated area, the bathrooms. It can be intermittent due to several building mechanical system designs. Bathroom fixtures have a p-trap built-in the fixture so if the fixture becomes loose from the floor or the wall the wax seal or gasket can leak. This type of leak will allow sewer gas to leak directly into the room. Most bathrooms have an exhaust fan which intensifies the introduction of the gas into the room by pulling the gas from the source, the leaking seal at the floor moving it to the ceiling exhaust vent prior to exhausting the gas from the space. This condition is detected through smell or a professional can use a H2S measuring device to detect and measure sewer gas concentration. The remedy for this problem is to replace the bad fixture seals. Contact your preventive maintenance group or to arrange for a local technician help with this problem.

Bathroom odors can also be traced to urine absorption into the tile or tile grout.
Many businesses try to mask the odor by installing a deodorizer mister in the bathroom to spray a scented to product to mask the odors in bathrooms. With proper maintenance of fixtures in the bathrooms and the correct initial designed systems operating correctly this problem should be eliminated. If this condition is corrected overtime it can worsen and affect other parts of the business.

Odor and constant smell can be due to the build up of urine saturating tile grout around urinals and tile grout. There are spray products that eliminates this problem by using it in a regular maintenance program.

When you have floor sinks, drains and floor / wall clean outs dry of water especially in basements of homes and businesses in the production or mechanical areas you will often detect an offensive odor. A dried out p-trap allows the sewer system to vent freely into the space. In the case of a restaurant or any building with an exhaust system that may be in a negative air balance the problem is intensified. The exhaust system can draw the sewer gas into the facility. The affect on an isolated area is not uncommon or if it is near a return on the HVAC system circulate it through out the building. The most efficient way to identify if you have this problem is to do a smoke test on the sewer system. Prior to doing the smoke test we would first recommend verifying all floor sinks and drains have water in the p-traps. This would include the units in isolated rooms such as the mechanical areas and the units installed behind or under equipment. The wall clean outs can be visually inspected but are difficult to detect leakage without a H2S meter or a smoke test. The dried out p-trap when identified can be fixed by adding water to fill the p-trap. Contact your preventive maintenance group to help with this problem.

Show Your Family The Greatest Pride – Decorate Your Living Room Using Shabby Chic

Many tend to associate shabby chic decorating with femininity yet I disagree. To me shabby chic is a decorating style that expresses pride in history by using furniture, sofas, and pieces of art from earlier periods, the vintage pieces ideally look a little worn, to create a beautifully aged design scheme.

It was in the 1980s when Rachel Ashwell began the use of this term, then an inexpensive line of furniture became popular for shabby chic decorating. The furniture associates with a number of historical designs from different periods, the pieces are created to look as if they’re older, worn and from an earlier period, for instance the 18oo’s country French, Shaker designs, plus many others.

This style will turn your living room into a comfortable space with the romance of things that are old or vintage pieces that have a purpose. A shabby chic living room is perfect if you’ll like to show off your favorite accessories and antiques. And best of all it is possible to create your own shabby chic decor using items in your home and paints.

How To Paint Shabby Chic Furniture

When painting shabby chic furniture home decorators get an inner sense of pride and save cash because the decorator creates the finished product.With style of painting each piece of furniture is created as the decorator desires. Shabby chic decorating is a cozy, stylish and relaxing look and a perfect way to preserve vintage items.

Shabby chic shows class and pride in character, and can be used for any room of your home such as the nursery, living room and guest room. Arrange articles that are different and then paint theme to give them a uniform appearance.

I’ll outline some tips here that will give your home the pride of the peacock:

* Choose pieces that are a bit old and worn out to paint in shabby chic decorating, usually vintage pieces and second-hand items are best for the cause. It is OK if the finishing is in bad shape because they will be painted.

* For painting you must break away from tradition, choose light colors and pastel. Some ideal choices include lavender, light blue, pink, light green, and light yellow gel.

* If the piece you have chosen is made of laminated materials, first clean it of all the old dirt and chipping paint with sandpaper, then use a quality primer to coat it before painting.

* Rub candle wax onto the furniture to prevent the paint from sticking, then begin painting by simply adding layers of the selected color. The great news is you don’t have to be a professional painter to create great shabby chic furniture.

* Use uniformity in your scheme, by choosing identical color fabrics for your curtains and the shades. Consider tea stained fabrics in similar colors and shades in a combination of prints like floral, striped and checked matching the background with the same color.

The pride of creating shabby chic furniture belongs to everyone, even if you don’t have any old or antique furniture in your home. From thrift shops and garage sales look for pieces of furniture that have some antique lines, or furniture with a lot of curves. There is no need to spend on expensive beds, large closets, or huge sofas, nothing has to be purchased. Many decorators do shabby chic painting using old suitcases, stools, pieces of broken glasses, broken vases and lamps, with a little bit of reason and a sense of freedom home decorators can find pride in shabby chic decor.

If you take pride in preserving old furniture you’ll be amazed at the opportunities this style of decorating offers. Restore a worn deck chair for living room furniture, fix up old wood using a transparent blue stain paint. Bring in a garden arbor to make your scheme distinctive, use garden statues such as angels, or combine pieces from your grandmother’s home with pieces you have chosen. If you take pride in preserving old furniture these ideas will make you a proud decorator

In the living room decorators can use house hold furniture already in their home, they can sand half of the paint off a piece to give it a worn look or add a light layer of paint to a wood piece. Decorators may also use several layers of different shades on top of one another, so that the shabby chic piece appears to be from an earlier age, the idea is to break up sets by painting each piece a different color. The paint treatment can also be used to create a cottage tile floor, by painting the floor to resemble a blue and white checkerboard.

Noteworthy qualities of a shabby chic wall include: the paint color is light such as cream. Artwork can be created by grouping plates together, use floral plates or solid colored trays. Also paneling and bead board is very popular with shabby chic.

Turn your light fixtures into chandeliers with paints for shabby chic decorating, using cream or butter yellow color hang crystals from the room’s light fixtures. Incorporate various sizes and shapes of crystals to stimulate curiosity and to break away from conventional decor. Also decoupage a floral pattern to show charter, onto the outside of light shades.

Break away from older ideas for decorating, remove the glass from old window frames, and suspend the window from the ceiling for a room divider with a shabby chic element.

We have just had a discussion on shabby chic decoration, this style will take personal commitment and pride in your ability to decorate. So now you know the secrets, it is up to you to separate excellence from inaction, with a bit of reason and a sense of freedom you’ll proud of the results. Look for more articles and writings by me on home decor, I look forward to future discussions on this exciting subject.

Everything You Need to Know About Do-It-Yourself Plumbing

Plumbing is one of the most important amenities within a house in the modern world. Accessing clean water at any designated point within your home is a convenient and necessary need that should be available at all times. Since indoor plumbing is also one of the most commonly used amenities in the house, it stands to reason that it is also one that requires regular maintenance. Whether it is replacing a broken or leaky faucet, unblocking one of the many drains around the house or sealing and replacing a broken pipe, it is important to be prepared for routine plumbing maintenance whenever a problem creeps up.

To be able to deal with common plumbing issues at home you have to be alert to some of the most common problems and a list of the simplest ways to deal with such problems. Below is a useful guide on how you can prepare to resolve common plumbing problems.

What you need for Common Do-It-Yourself Plumbing Projects

Any signs of plumbing issues should be addressed as early as possible to avoid compounding the problems. One dripping tap can seem like a non-issue, but it will subsequently translate into a higher water bill with time. It is, therefore, important to have a collection of common plumbing tools to address any issues before they turn into higher costs.

Cracked pipes and leaky toilets are a common plumbing issue that can result in extensive damage if left unresolved. A cracked pipe may be as a result of winter freezing or high water pressure which the pipes cannot hold while a broken flushing unit may cause the toilet to leak continuously. When water pressure rises, the cracked pipe may burst and send a gushing stream of water into your basement. On the other hand, a leaky toilet flushing mechanism necessitates regular flushing thus resulting in unnecessary consumption of water, and where you forget to flush water may flood your home’s bathrooms and rush into other rooms and damaging floors and carpets.

The above situations can be easily resolved be knowing where all shut off valves are located. Shut off valves are used to cut water supply to specific areas of the house or plumbing fixtures or in the case of the main valve, cut water supply to the whole house. Shut off valves to sinks and toilet flushing units can be used to cut water supply to any leaky plumbing fixture.

The success of all do-it-yourself projects heavily relies on your ability to be able to accomplish a certain task. When it comes to plumbing the most important thing you have to keep in mind is the number to your local plumber. Many things could go wrong during routine maintenance of domestic plumbing, and this number can prove to be vital in such cases.