Posted on: September 5, 2017

Smoke Testing Sewer lines continue

Weather permitting work crews could be in your area starting September 11, 2017 for about a week. A "SMOKE TEST" survey will assist our inspection crews in locating breaks and defects in our sewer system. The smoke you see coming from the vent stacks on houses or holes in the ground is to be expected and will be: NON-TOXIC, NON-STAINING, HAS NO ODOR, WHITE TO GRAY IN COLOR AND CREATES NO FIRE HAZARD.

You do not have to be home while the test is being conducted. It is not necessary for our crews to enter your home. However, in some cases crews may need to enter rear yards to view vents and sewer laterals. Please house the dogs that normally are loose in the back yard.

The smoke should not enter your home unless you have defective plumbing or dried up drain traps. It is advisable for the home owner to pour a gallon of water into each floor drain prior to our testing. If smoke enters your home there is a good reason to assume that dangerous sewer gases may also be entering your home or business. You should evacuate immediately and notify our work crews. If you are not home and discover smoke when you return, please call Public Works at (830) 248-1538 or After-hours Emergency Contact (830) 248-1633. Areas affected are on the map.

IMPORTANT!  If there is any individual in your home or business who has respiratory problems and is immobile,  please notify us at (830) 248-1538 prior to testing.

Map of area for smoke testing
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