Plumbing 101

Plumbing 101

Tips and suggestions on caring for your home's plumbing

This Month : Sewer Lines & Sewer Gas

There is no such thing as magic in the plumbing business, it always has to make sense. Plumbing is governed by science and follows the basic laws of physics and of nature: Gravity, pressure and the natural state of water conforming to its environment to maintain level.

You may be surprised to read that water under pressure can and will corrode and deteriorate metal over time and that lines that carry water are under pressure 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This constant pressure over time will require that lines must be replaced.

This month, I will address: Sewer Lines and Sewer Gas

Sewer lines back-up because they get dirty and are not properly maintained. They accumulate grease and waste everyday and all sewer systems produce sewer gas.

Sewer Gas, (Hydrogen Sulfide) is a byproduct of organic matter that is decomposing. The drain and vent lines, if not air tight, will leak sewer gas into your home or business. When this gas escapes from the drainage systems, it produces a very noxious odor. This odor is comprised of methane and bacteria that can be very dangerous to your health and the health of your tenants. Even scarier, high concentrations of methane gas are combustible, which can cause an explosion.

This is why it is extremely important that you maintain your sewage lines and most importantly, if you notice this distinctive foul odor, don't ignore it.

Agave Environmental has the team, experience and equipment to maintain your sewer lines and address sewer gas leaks. Call Agave today and schedule an appointment.

Regards,Julio Medina, Master Plumber