A/C coil corrosion - Chinese Drywall - US CPSC How to Find & Fix Sources of Sulphur Odors or Sewer-Gases, Rotten Egg Smells & Hazards in buildings

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How to find and fix the source of sulphur odors and smells in buildings:

What might be causing sulphur odors or rotten egg smells in buildings? List of places to look when diagnosing the cause of sulphur smells or sewer gas smells in buildings.

This article and its companions discusse the common sources of rotten egg odors, sulphur odors or sewer gas smells in buildings and traces them to their possible cause.

Examples of sources of sulfur smells in or around buildings include Chinese drywall outgassing, dangerous sewer gas leaks, plumbing vent defects, sulfur in drinking water, water heater bacteria, and more. We describe safety, explosion, and bacterial hazards associated with sulphur gases and sewer gases in buildings.

Our page top photo shows a subtle clue that can explain a sulphur odor in buildings: discolored copper piping on the air conditioner cooling coil caused by outgassing from Chinese drywall.

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Find & Fix Sources of Sulphur Odors or "Rotten Egg Smells" in buildings Include Smells Associated with Chinese Drywall & Other Causes in buildings

Open sewer cleanout in basement (C) Daniel FriedmanThis article series about building odors discusses the diagnosis and cure of odors from a variety of sources including animals including pets, dogs, cats, or unwanted animals or dead animals, formaldehyde odors in buildings from building products or furnishings, plumbing drains, plastic or vinyl odors from building products, flue gases, oil tanks or oil spills, pesticides, septic odors, sewer gases, and even abandoned chemicals at properties.

The page top photo of blackened corrosion on an air conditioner cooling coil is from the U.S. CPSC warning to fire safety professionals.

Common Sources of Sulphur Gases & Odors in buildings: Causes of "Rotten Egg" Smells

Sulphur odors in buildings are described also as rotten egg smells or even flatulence smells that generally are associated with the presence of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas.

To track down and cure the source of such odors review the list below. Information about the gas itself and links to hydrogen sulfide exposure limits and health effects are given separately at HYDROGEN SULFIDE GAS.

In sum, before blaming drywall for building odors, be sure that the smells are not from another detectable source such as sewer gases or a failing hot water tank anode -


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