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Old 08-22-12, 08:00 PM   #1
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Saw the most crazy thing today

So i look out the window and see a strange guy walking around with gloves on >i go out to see whats up and see smoke pouring out from this dude front yard then also saw smoke come from the vents on every house on this street up on the roof.I was like wtf.What it turned out to be is some smoke test for the sewer and i have now idea how it comes from the veents
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Old 08-22-12, 08:53 PM   #2
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That j shaped pipe on your toilet and on your sinks is a water trap that prevents sewer gas from entering your home.
The sewers are vented through the pipes you saw smoke exiting.
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I think if they did that test around me I would have a smokey bathroom....I rent a poorly built townhouse and I don't believe the shower drain in the bathroom off of my bedroom was done properly...I seem to be getting some gasses coming from it, and I know it's not anything in the bathroom or stuff in the drain itself because I have cleaned it like a crazy person.
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Have that looked into then. It is a health code/building code thing to not have sewer gas(methane) in living areas. Landord should take care of that lest you call an inspector...
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Well in my house i have 3 bathrooms but its just me living here so i turn off the other toilets.And sometimes the water will evaporate from the toilets i don't use.IM lucky i put water in them or id guess the smoke would fill my house
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Little trick for drains thet don't get topped up once in awhile is to pour a little vegetable oil down them. The oil sits on top of the water in the trap and stops evaporation, thus preventing sewer gas entry. Just remember to pour more oil down them after you use them. Also works if you are going to be out of the house for a time like on a vacation.
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cool ill try that these toilets never ever get used.But every once ina while ill smell this odor and i will know the water is gone from them
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Little trick for drains thet don't get topped up once in awhile is to pour a little vegetable oil down them. The oil sits on top of the water in the trap and stops evaporation, thus preventing sewer gas entry. Just remember to pour more oil down them after you use them. Also works if you are going to be out of the house for a time like on a vacation.
what a great idea!
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What you saw was a whole house bong where all the occupants enjoy the weed at the same time.
The guy was testing for a party this weekend.
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Little trick for drains thet don't get topped up once in awhile is to pour a little vegetable oil down them. The oil sits on top of the water in the trap and stops evaporation, thus preventing sewer gas entry. Just remember to pour more oil down them after you use them. Also works if you are going to be out of the house for a time like on a vacation.
They use water in the toilets up there,what if they freeze up?
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We have a sewer vent pipe behind the house... I think it's on the neighbor's side of the fence. It's about 12' tall. When we moved in, I thought it was odd that the neighbors would have a basketball hoop up like that, in such an odd place, then taken the hoop down and left the pipe. Then the neighbor told me it was a sewer vent.
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They use water in the toilets up there,what if they freeze up?
Actually when there's a chance of freezing we just use a trick we learnt from our ex-Ohio neighbours, a bush out behind the house.
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Actually when there's a chance of freezing we just use a trick we learnt from our ex-Ohio neighbours, a bush out behind the house.
Just like the Amish! Right MP?
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Just like the Amish! Right MP?
Nah, the Amish build two-holers so they have someone to talk to on those cold late nights.
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Don't like someone? Plug their sewer vent pipes.

When they do those tests just hope you don't see smoke coming up out of your grass - then it becomes very expensive smoke
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I actually do these test as part of my job (I inspect sewers for a living...it's a sh*+y job, but somebody has to do it). When we perform a smoke test we have to tell the fire dept. and alert all the home owners as to what is going on.
And dedhed is right, you see smoke coming from the grass it is going to cost a lot!

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Smokey downspouts and gutters can be costly also if you're not allowed to be hooked up to the sanitary side of things.
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