Identifying Sewer Gas Exposure Risks in Commercial and Residential Properties
Clark Seif Clark provides services to identify sewer gas and its components to improve indoor air quality and prevent potentially hazardous situations.
Sewer gas is a concern due to its unpleasant odor, potential effects associated with exposure and breathing toxic gases, asphyxiation concerns and the potential for creating explosion hazards in extreme circumstances.
Many people have at one time or another walked into a home or building and immediately encountered the unpleasant odor associated with sewer gas. Exposure to these objectionable odors can not only be distressing, in high enough concentrations they can even create health and safety concerns for building occupants.
Sewer gas is a complex mixture of toxic and nontoxic gases that can be present in a home, school or building depending on various circumstances. It is formed during the decay of household and industrial wastes.
There can be highly toxic components of sewer gas which may include hydrogen sulfide and ammonia. Sewer gas also contains methane, carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxides. Chlorine bleaches, industrial solvents and gasoline are frequently present in municipal and privately owned sewage treatment systems and these substances can also release gases.
“Sewer gas is a concern due to its unpleasant odor, potential effects associated with exposure and breathing toxic gases, asphyxiation concerns and the potential for creating explosion hazards in extreme circumstances,” said Franco Seif, President of Clark Seif Clark (CSC). “Its presence can decrease productivity and even lower property values. Where the sewer gas is entering a property and why can be a challenge to determine in many circumstances, but the building science and indoor air quality professionals at CSC can test for sewer gas and determine the source. If a problem is identified, corrective actions can then be implemented to prevent future exposure risks for building occupants, tenants or families.”
CSC recently sponsored an educational video about sewer gas and exposure concerns that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/3mRydjd6uQQ
To learn more about this or other building science, indoor air quality, occupational, environmental, health and safety testing services, please visit www.csceng.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 807-1118.
About Clark Seif Clark
CSC was established in 1989 to help clients in both public and private sectors address environmental, IAQ, and health and safety (EH&S) issues. CSC is a leading provider of these services with multiple offices along the western seaboard and southwest. The company believes in science-based protocols and has a strong background in engineering, making them the preferred environmental consultants to industrial clients, healthcare facilities, architects, schools, builders, contractors, developers and real estate professionals.
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