WHAT: Smoke testing will be conducted in the project area, by injecting non-toxic smoke into the sewer system. The smoke will exit through your home’s roof vents, and other features that are connected to the sewer system. Smoke may also exit through sources that are improperly connected to the sewer system such as downspouts or storm catch basins. Smoke may also enter your home if you have P-traps or seals that are defective, dry, or missing.
WHEN: The smoke testing will be conducted between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., August 23-August 25 and August 30-September 1.
HOW TO PREPARE: It is recommended that you pour a gallon of water down all sinks and floor drains (once is enough) to make sure they are not dry. Running water through your fixtures for two minutes is sufficient. Please notify everyone at your home about the smoke test so nobody is caught unaware.
WHAT TO DO: If you notice smoke inside your home during the test, do not be alarmed. The smoke is non-toxic, leaves no residue, and creates no fire hazard. Open your windows and doors and utilize fans to clear it out. The smoke has a distinctive, but not unpleasant, odor. Visibility and odor last only a few minutes where there is adequate ventilation.
If smoke enters your building because of a break or defect in internal plumbing, the potential also exists for dangerous sewer gases to enter your home. To prevent this possibility (a rare occurrence), we recommend consulting a licensed plumber should smoke enter your building.