On Thursday, December 19, 2013 2:48:47 PM UTC-5, TimR wrote:
Why don't you think of the design of the two, how they operate
and get back to us. For starters, a bong is not a U trap. It's
not designed to block air/gas flow. It's designed to make air with
burning smoke bubble up through water when pulled via a vacuum.
So to say that because a bong passes smoke as it's designed to do
somehow means that a P trap isn't effective at sealing out gases
makes no sense.
That is part of what I was wondering about. Although ehow.com
suggested that there could be a buildup of methane causing the
possibility of an explosion. That and the kids are flying back while Kay
and I are driving and I don't want to have to Child#2 deal with it when
I am still 600-700 miles away (or more to point I don't want to have to
deal with C#2.... )
Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive,
but what they conceal is vital.
IMO there is no worse source for information than ehow.
Do yourself a favor. Pick a couple of subjects that you know a lot about.
Look up those subjects on ehow. Decide for yourself if the information on
ehow is worth the disk space it's stored on.
I can't tell you how many times I've read stuff on ehow that was at best so
general as to be not worth reading or at worst completely wrong, such as
the R&R instructions for a car part where ehow had the model/year
incorrect. Their instructions weren't even close.
to be better safe than sorry have neighbor walk thru a couple times a day,
and to prevent a explosion leave a window on the top floor open just a litt
le, so even if gas somehow accumulated it would have somewhere to go:) meth
ane is lighter than air so it will naturally go to the highes spot in the b
uilding. Leave all interior doors open for free air flow.
and let neighbor doing walk thru know why window is open a little and all i
nterior doors are open
I just recently received a notice from my town about work they were going to
do on the sewer lines on my street during one day only. The notice said
they were re-lining the main sewer lines using some kind of chemical/plastic
compound that is applied to the inside of the sewer lines and quickly dries.
They said they would have to shut off the sewer lines briefly during the
day. And, they said that the chemical smell is sort of like nail polish
remover. They said that if the homeowners smelled the chemical smell inside
their home to be sure to add water to the traps by running the water at each
fixture briefly. I could smell the chemical outside while they were doing
the work, but not i my house.
What they are about to do in your development sounds like no big deal to me.
Just do what they said about re-filling the traps in the unlikely event that
you smell sewer gas in your home.
Since you are in a condo complex, I doubt that there are any basement floor
drains in your property. I thought that they were prohibited by more recent
building codes, but I am not sure.
Since you said you will be away, and you want to be sure there is no problem
while you are away, there is an easy solution. For each sink and tub, just
leave the cold water on with a tiny drip -- something very slow, like a drop
or two at a time -- while you are away. In the highly unlikely event that
the traps do get low or emptied by the sewer work, the very slow drip will
automatically re-fill each trap. That seems like unnecessary overkill to
me, but if you are truly concerned, that will solve your concern.
personally, I would not worry about it.
Or, if you wanted, you could ask a neighbor or two to keep an eye out
(actually a nose out) for the smell of any sewer gases in their homes while
the work is going on. Then, if they do smell something in their home(s),
you could have them contact you by phone or maybe have them go in a re-fill
the traps in your home. But, if they don't smell anything in their home, I
see no reason to have them going into your home at all, let alone several
times a days.
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