Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2011 12:42:22 +0000
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Subject: Re: Odor

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If it is sewer gs, make sure all the P and U traps in the floor have water in the m.


Bill Watt

From: "Patricia L Olinger" <patty.olinger**At_Symbol_Here**EMORY.EDU>
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Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 6:57: 04 AM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Odor

Hi Rachel,  Obviou sly from the responses you=E2=80=99ve received there could be several possi bilities.  Dry traps are usually a good one to start with.  If yo u (and your facilities and research staff) have exhausted all possibilities there is also something called "dirty sock syndrome=".  ; Google it and you will see many reference and discussions.  Here is a link with an explanation.


http://www.f amp;view=articles&_category=Residential%3A%3AAir%20Conditioning%20% 26%20Heating%20&_filterField=Categories


We recently had an issu e that people described as dirty socks, sewer gas, etc. After several month s found the odor by reviewing the floor plan of the building and following the pipes i n the walls.  We found a couple of uncapped pipes that were no longer in use.


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"Harrington, Rachel" <rachel.harrington**At_Symbol_Here**ROSALINDFRANKL IN.EDU> wrote:

We have a strong "dirty socks=" odor pr esent in one of our micro labs.  It=E2=80=99s a pretty typical lab usi ng media and cultures, etc.  and we are systematically removing everyt hing and deconning but this odor is persisting.  I know I have smelt t his chemical before, maybe back in my undergraduate days, but it is really a sickening odor.  Any ideas?  Any help is greatly appreciated.  Thank you!


Rachel E. Harringto n, MPH, CHMM

Director- Office of Environmental, Health and Safety

Rosalind Franklin U niversity of Medicine and Science

3333 Green Bay Road

North Chicago, IL  60064

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