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Rebelyell2006 Inactive Member09 Mar 2015 11:45 a.m. PST

What is that smell, it smells like rotten eggs.

"Oh, it is probably just a dead animal under the porch, they've appeared before."

I dunno, it smells a bit like natural gas to me.

"We can just open the windows and doors, it'll dissipate."

No, really, it smells like natural gas.

"But I thought natural gas doesn't have a smell."


And it smells stronger over here, where there is a gas hookup.

"It is probably sewer gas backing up. That has happened before."

I'm not so sure about that.

"The off-duty maintenance guy says to run some water in the boiler room sink, that should push the sewer gas back down."

I'm thinking it might be a gas leak.

"No, it's okay, the smell will dissipate and we can continue to work."

Bleeped text it, I have a headache and I'm going home. I'll make up my hours on Saturday.

They don't pay me enough to risk my life or breath in dangerous gases..

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP09 Mar 2015 12:16 p.m. PST

Just strike a light, as in match or cigarette lighter.

Then you'll know for sure….

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP09 Mar 2015 1:28 p.m. PST

That would be my dog Natasha who got skunked the other night. Problem is that I don't know if it improved her smell or made it worse.

Cold Steel Inactive Member09 Mar 2015 1:52 p.m. PST

Natural gas doesn't have an odor, so they add mercaptans to make it smell like rotten eggs. I suggest that if the building is still there and still smells on Saturday, give a call to your local fire department.

zippyfusenet Inactive Member09 Mar 2015 1:55 p.m. PST

Good choice Rebel. Why not report what you smell to the local gas company? Right now. Ask for an inspection. Anonymously, should work.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP09 Mar 2015 2:26 p.m. PST

Yep, ignore the naysayers and report it. Lives might be at stake.

Rebelyell2006 Inactive Member09 Mar 2015 2:56 p.m. PST

According to a coworker, a county guy showed up an hour after I left and found a clogged sewer vent. Hopefully that was the problem.

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP10 Mar 2015 9:22 a.m. PST

Just call the gas company.

They're very worried about the possibility of giant explosions that level buildings, and will send someone right out for free. I'm sure their responsiveness varies with locale, but in general they eagerly want to help you make sure you don't die from their product.

Odorized natural gas and sewage smell quite different.

There is *no* reason not to call the gas company. It's not like they're going to pre-emptively shut down the business and cost you money. They'll send a guy, he'll check, he'll fix it or not and leave. If they do decide to evacuate it's probably for the best.


Streitax Inactive Member11 Mar 2015 2:44 p.m. PST

Yeah, show your co-workers that video of the house in NJ blowing sky high from a gas leak in the basement.

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