i just had a very very narly mishap and I'm actually contemplating on an uninsured hospital trip at this very moment. right now its nothing I'm
actually going to go for but if any of the VERY VERY APPARENT symptoms get any worse il be headed to ER for sure.
First off il explain how it went down.
i live in a very old farm house that somehow was retrofitted from a well to city water. now idk if that has anything to do with my drain or whatever
but in my basement there is an open drain that looks like it might connect to the sewer? but when it rains really bad and the low part of my yard
collects water and the level of water in the drain rises. this drain is basically my sump. next to the drain is another open hole that connects to my
house drain and I'm pretty sure some kind of drainage tile from the outside of my house because when it rains heavily this drain backs up and will
overflow constantly down into the other drain that usually sits about full when it rains bad but it NEVER floods the basement. it just stays about
full but seems to be connected to something else from underneath, maybe the city sewer like i said above?
ANYWAY i described all this is such detail because i wanted every to have an accurate picture of how this might of went down cause i dont know
well every now and then if my daughter is asleep the upstairs toilet will wake her up sometimes, i will relieve myself in the basement drain and then
use my utility sink hose to make sure and water it down a whole bunch, basically a flush.
well tonight while i was doing my business i noticed the basement floor around the drain was very dirty and had to have a bottle of PRE diluted bleach
cleaner next to me. i was disinfecting some equipment earlier today and left it sitting right there. Not thinking i just grabbed the cleaner and
sprayed it all around in a 3 foot circle around the drain and then proceed to spray down everything down good with the utility hose.
wellll the drain started fizzing terribly!!! like really really bad! and my nose started burning so bad. i turned the hose on full and got out of
there in a matter of 30 seconds - 1 minute and let the hose run for about 10 minutes.
in the mean time i ran upstairs and turned a box fan on in the living room pointing at the only vent in the room where my daughter is sleeping. i then
ran down stairs and couldnt smell anything any more really so i picked the hose up and sprayed everything down really really good all the while the
water was diluting the drain more and more. the drain had virtually stopped fizzing and there was only a couple bubbles i am assuming from the water
splashing around from the hose.
thats when my nostrils burned again and this time to add to the fun my eyes joined the party and began burning and watering.
its now been about 15 minutes and i got several windows open and the smell and burning seems to be gone. i shut off the water right before i came up
to type this. i was very light headed and it feels like my heart was racing, still kinda does. i got a headache now too with a slight tickle/burn in
my throat. heres the big one, short of breath! i was having trouble getting a full gulp of air until just a minute ago. really felled like my
breathing was lazy? idk if thats the right word. i just didnt feel like i could take a full breath. very very off-putting and incapacitating if i
would of taken any heavier of a hit i bet.
now first off what is this gas that was created?
Everyone needs to be very very careful of what cleaners they are using where cause this really was a pretty sucky event. my head is just screeching at
now he's a secondary thought i had as i was typing this all out, what about city water with high amounts of bleach? I've been in several areas
including the city i live in now that has very high bleach content in the water, does this release any dangerous fumes when we go to the bathroom?
what effects would small and often doses of whatever gas it makes cause?
sorry mods if this is in the wrong area i was going to put it in survival but i just dont know where it really fits. i just figured this was a pretty
important warning to bring to people. idk it might just be common sense to most but for some reason i never thought about it until it was too late.
exact thought was "isnt urine a type of ammonia?" as the bleach is fizzing out of control...... BE VERY CAREFUL!!!
edit on 19-5-2014 by mindseye1609 because: brevity
edit on 19-5-2014 by mindseye1609 because: a little more