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					Blocked Drains Kill - Information On Hydrogen Sulfide

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Summary:
If you are moving into a new home, particularly a rural property there
are a few simple precautions you should take in relation to sewage
problems.

Sewage blockages happen everywhere, and septic tanks need emptying
regularly. When people are selling their homes they often skimp on the
maintenance side of things and problems mount up.

If you have a blocked drain, or suspect septic tank problems, you need to
be wary of opening drain covers, because of the possible build u...


Keywords:
septic tank, sewage system, septic system,blocked drain,h2s,hydrogen
sulphide, hydrogen sulfide


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If you are moving into a new home, particularly a rural property there
are a few simple precautions you should take in relation to sewage
problems.

Sewage blockages happen everywhere, and septic tanks need emptying
regularly. When people are selling their homes they often skimp on the
maintenance side of things and problems mount up.

If you have a blocked drain, or suspect septic tank problems, you need to
be wary of opening drain covers, because of the possible build up of
toxic gases. This is especially so if you are moving into a property that
has been vacant for some time. If there are depressions in the ground
near your septic tank, stay well away from the area until a professional
survey has been carried out. Find more help on septic tanks at
http://www.septic-tank-services.info

Most people will recognize hydrogen sulfide as one of the gases given off
by stink bombs.

Did you know that hydrogen sulfide gas is more poisonous   than hydrogen
cyanide? Luckily you can smell it long before it reaches   toxic
concentrations. As the concentration increases, you lose   the ability to
smell the gas. This should be taken as a danger sign and   a signal to move
rapidly away from the area.

When sewage backs up due to a blockage, bacteria produce hydrogen sulfide
gas and the concentration can build up to fatal levels underneath the
manhole cover. If the gas is not immediately present there is still a
danger. When someone pushes a drain rod through the pipe, it stirs up the
sewage. This process causes Hydrogen sulfide to be released in high
concentrations.

This gas can cause death by respiratory failure and victims often fall
into the sewage. Rescuers who are not equipped with respirators are
themselves at great risk and care needs to be taken if the incident is
not going to be made worse.

				
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