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Old 03-22-2019, 09:56 PM   #1
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I had a call from a new customer. He purchased a strip mall. One of the stores was complaining about sewer gas being a bad problem in a restaurant.

I've been in restaurants before where the sewer gas was so bad, that a few minutes after people sat down, they would get up and leave. This one wasn't that bad, but it was still bad.

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Video is great... A little h2S for dinner 🙂
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Oh I need that device! I receive calls for odors,(Ok only 3 last year) that would come in handy. How much?

Would that work for sewer smell like those coming from a lav sink or shower drain for example?

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you wouldnt want to turn that on after a few hours from me eating a bunch of white castles.....


id melt that thing into a puddle....
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Oh I need that device! I receive calls for odors,(Ok only 3 last year) that would come in handy. How much?

Would that work for sewer smell like those coming from a lav sink or shower drain for example?
It's actually used for finding very small natural gas or propane leaks. I picked one up on eBay for $60. Have used it for this purpose also. Sewer gas has methane which will trigger it.

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Combustible gas detectors can go from $30 to $300 I don't know how well the cheaper ones work. I would not need to buy one myself. I can just borrow the professional grade one we have at the firehall where I volunteer.

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Typically a smoke test is used to find sewer gas leaks. But I'm not set up with the smoke machine and all that. Also, the smoke machine requires more time to set up and perform the test. With my hand-held gas sniffer, I was able to zero in on the leaks in just a few minutes. No need to get up on the roof to cap vents, no need to find a c.o. {if it can be easily found} and drop the smoke bomb down there, plus with the smoke test I think the HVAC has to be shut off, patrons shouldn't be in the restaurant, etc. I am no expert in smoke tests, but there is definitely more time to set up for that test.

I tried my combustible gas detector for the 1st time in this application and I'm happy with the results.


The owner of the strip mall in not only paying for my 'sewer gas leak detection test', but he of course is paying for me to pull & re-set the offending W/C in the staff bathroom, but he said for me to go ahead and replace all the toilets in the restaurant. So this call turned into a nice little job.
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If I remember correctly, around $275 or so for that tool. Great tool to have if you do any gas line installs and repairs.
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If I remember correctly, around $275 or so for that tool. Great tool to have if you do any gas line installs and repairs.
I'll be getting a used one for sure.
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Typically a smoke test is used to find sewer gas leaks. But I'm not set up with the smoke machine and all that. Also, the smoke machine requires more time to set up and perform the test. With my hand-held gas sniffer, I was able to zero in on the leaks in just a few minutes. No need to get up on the roof to cap vents, no need to find a c.o. {if it can be easily found} and drop the smoke bomb down there, plus with the smoke test I think the HVAC has to be shut off, patrons shouldn't be in the restaurant, etc. I am no expert in smoke tests, but there is definitely more time to set up for that test.

I tried my combustible gas detector for the 1st time in this application and I'm happy with the results.


The owner of the strip mall in not only paying for my 'sewer gas leak detection test', but he of course is paying for me to pull & re-set the offending W/C in the staff bathroom, but he said for me to go ahead and replace all the toilets in the restaurant. So this call turned into a nice little job.

many times using peppermint oil in very hot water either flushed or poured into the farthest fixture from the main helps locate a crack or broken pipe..cheap , easy and fast..doesnt always work, but gives a distinct pleasant odor to at least track down to a smaller area..
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