Sewer Smoke Testing

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Dorchester County Water & Sewer will be conducting smoke testing along Whippoorwill Drive and along Central Ave. between Embassy Drive and Highway 17-A. 

Smoke Testing will begin on Monday, May 20, 2019 - Friday, May 31, 2019. 

Smoke Testing will be done during the hours of 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Monday - Friday with the exception of Memorial Day (Monday, May 27, 2019).

Residents in the above-mentioned area are asked to contact the Dorchester County Water & Sewer Department at (843) 832-0075 or (843) 563-0075 with any/all questions. 

smoke testing 5-20 to 5-31

Frequently Asked Questions

What is smoke testing?

Smoke testing is a common test used in the utility industry to determine if there are leaks and/or cracks in the underground wastewater lines. A machine is used to force smoke into a sewer line through a manhole. If there is an underground break in the line, the smoke will rise out of that break.

Is the smoke harmful?

The smoke is not harmful. The smoke is non-toxic and odorless. It doesn't stain materials and is harmless to pets.

What should I do to prepare for the smoke testing?

There is a possibility that smoke may come into your residence. In order to minimize the chance of this occurring, you can run water in all your drains for a short period of time to ensure that all the S-shaped traps contain water. If the smoke gets into the interior of the home, you can open the windows to allow the smoke to dissipate faster.