Drain odours have plagued Aidan Clarke the owner of Marine Energy Systems at Murarrie since 2006. Since opening his workshop and show room he had been trying to solve the problem of foul odours in their bathroom. The odour was so bad that employees had complained that it was making them nauseous.
The builder of the complex had organised his plumber to replace the drainage connection for the toilet suite to no avail. Odour blockers had been placed in the bathroom but they too were of limited value and failed to address the problem. The problem was particularly acute after weekends with the door having to be jammed open in an effort to get fresh air into the bathroom. The problem was particularly embarrassing when clients of the company viewing product in the showroom needed to use the bathroom.
In May 2011 in absolute frustration Aidan Clarke contacted Gary Mays of Whywait Plumbing in an effort to solve the problem. After a thorough inspection of all existing drain connections to the toilet, shower and basin it was concluded that the only logical place that the odour could be emanating from was the floor waste trap in the middle of the floor.
As a result Gary Mays from Whywait Plumbing Services contacted John Carroll from Eco Guardians to obtain his advice to see if a new product he had discussed with Gary Mays previously would solve the problem. A DrainGuardian™ was supplied to us to fit into the floor waste. The DrainGuardian™ was installed in less than 5 minutes replacing the existing grate cover.
Once installed water was poured down the floor waste ensuring there was a water seal in the Drain Guardian in addition to the existing water seal in the main 100mm trap that makes up the drainage floor waste system.
The entire process of installation was completed to ensure the sceptical, long suffering Aidan Clarke that the DrainGuardian™ would provide greater protection to any form of odour emission from the floor waste and end the problem he had been enduring.
The results were almost instantaneous as within one day the DrainGuardian™ had eliminated odour problems in the bathroom. The elimination of the odours in such a short time proved conclusively the problem that Marine Energy had been enduring since 2006 had been the floor waste trap all along. There was nothing structurally defective with the floor waste trap that was causing odour emission’s which makes the source of the odours a common problem we find these days in that it is a venting problem in the entire sewer drain system to the property. What had been happening was a siphoning effect that caused the trap to be sucked either completely dry or just partially that allowed odours to be emitted through the floor waste and into the bathroom.
Aidan Clarke now says, “DrainGuardian should be compulsory in every floor waste in every bathroom as a clean bathroom environment cannot be under estimated. I have wasted incredible amounts of money on trying to solve this problem as it was a cause of acute embarrassment to me, our staff and to clients. Our bathroom is now a pleasure to enter with their being no drain odours at all thanks to a very simple solution in DrainGuardian.”
By Gary Mays