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Crews are working on the beachside in neighborhoods and commercial areas “smoke testing“ the sewer lines. Smoke testing is an efficient and common test method used to identify defects such as cracks, leaks or faulty connections in the sanitary sewer collection system, which allow rainwater to enter this underground pipe network. Since the sanitary sewer system is only designed to handle sewage, additional rainwater causes problems within the system. Utilities will not be interrupted during the testing of the city’s 45 miles of pipes in the service area.
During smoke testing, workers will blow a dense white smoke into the sewer system from the street and monitor where the smoke escapes, quickly revealing any cracks or breaks in pipes. The smoke is odorless, non-toxic and non-staining. It will dissipate quickly. It will not harm pets or plants or leave a residue. For example, if smoke permeates up through a yard, it indicates a break in the sewer line at that location. Smoke should only enter homes or businesses if a property’s traps are dry or defective, or if there are uncapped or broken drain pipes.
Crews are working 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, weather permitting, and are in easily recognizable uniforms. Residents in the area have been notified of the smoke testing via informational door hangers, and can call (888) 645-9570 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. if they have questions. The testing is scheduled to be complete by April 29.