Friday, June 16, 2017
Methane Gas Can Kill You
The next day we both had headaches AND the bathroom smelled like sewer gas. Gary uses the lower shower and I use the middle shower. It seems the bathtub on the upper level was allowing methane gas into our home. When we turned on the air conditioner it must have evaporated the last bit of water in the P trap in the bathtub. The P trap is used in plumbing to prevent methane gas and other toxic sewer gases from entering your home through the sewer pipes from a sewer or septic tank.
Please, if you don't use a bathroom in your home, perhaps on an upper or lower level, make sure you run a little water in the sink and shower or bathtub at least once a week. Perhaps you have a second home or a cabin you only use occasionally. Run water in the drains when you arrive. They do make methane gas detectors fairly inexpensively. We now have one installed. The detector should be replaced every ten years.