Smoke testing is scheduled for the Brownsville area of Summerville on August 7, 2017 through September 1, 2017. The area highlighted in yellow, on the map below, is the area in which the smoke testing will be conducted.
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.