Q. What’s up with the sewage gas smell that is sometimes noticed in some of the restaurants in historic downtown? I have also noticed this same smell in some restaurants in historic Charleston, SC. Is it coming from the old tunnels underground?
A. Restaurant inspectors with the New Hanover County Health Department do not keep records of sewer gas smells, according to Ricky Gibbs, a senior environmental health program specialist with the department. However, Gibbs said there are several possible explanations for the odor, including a blockage that forces sewer gas back into a building or an in-kitchen grease trap, which forces restaurant employees to pop the lid in order to clean.
Gibbs said the health department has received no complaints regarding sewer smells in downtown restaurants. The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority has not received complaints either, according to Carey Disney Ricks, a spokeswoman for the authority.
Date posted: May 10, 2012
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