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Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Ask The Expert, Environment, Facility Management, FacilityBlog, Featured Post, Interiors, Professional Development, Question Of The Week, Topics

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Published on September 30, 2013 with No Comments

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This week’s question comes from the Ask The Expert section of the Today’s Facility Manager site.

I am having ongoing battles with sewer odors in several buildings. We have attacked this issue from several sides without a cost effective total solution. I have treated drains, traps, and grease traps. I have checked for air balance to ensure no negative air pressures. I have replaced grease traps. I have installed air emittance devices on vents. In cool weather the odors still seem to invade two of the buildings. What am I missing? I know there may not be a silver bullet for these, but any suggestion are welcome.

Lenny Allen
Director of Maintenance
Ruidoso Municipal Schools
Ruidoso, NM 

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About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at

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