Odors cause customers and staff to cringe. Odors can be very hard to find. With differing pressures of air and water moving through the drains and rooms odors can shift direction or become intermittent making it extremely hard to find. So the question is “How is an odor located and resolved”?
To solve odor problems they first need to be identified, labeled and understood in order to be solved. It takes experience to know the difference between sewage, grease, musty, stagnate, mildew, throw-up and other types of odors. If you are not familiar with each smells you can still locate and make repairs. The following are hints to recognize the most common odors and make repairs.
Sewage: Sewage is a bitter smell and can be confused with a grease trap smell, or vice versa. Once you have been around these two odors enough you will be able to distinguish between them. Sewage smells come from drain lines that release sewage gas into a restaurant or room. The following are areas to inspect to determine the source of a sewage leak:
If you are having a hard time locating a sewage odor a plumber can perform a smoke test to locate any breaks in plumbing and/or vent line system. Make sure when doing a smoke test the plumber uses a high powered smoke machine and not a smoke bomb (large amount of smoke is needed). It is also best to perform a smoke test at night or early morning with low light & flashlights. The lower the light the better to see the white smoke emerge. A laser light/beam can be very helpful reflecting and identifying smoke
Grease Trap Odor: Many confuse a grease trap odor with sewage even though they are 2 different odors: The following are hints to locate a grease trap odor and stop it.
Indoor Odors: In door orders can be a mixture of grease trap gas, sewage gas, mildew, throw-up, stagnant water smell or more: While already addressed how to locate grease and sewage odors, let’s look at some other nuisance odors:
Outdoor Odors: Outdoor orders can be grease line gas, natural gas or stagnant odors. While we already addressed how to locate grease odors, let’s look at some other nuisance odors: