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Posted on: September 18, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Smoke Testing and Sewer Survey Work

Wednesday thru Friday, September 20th-22nd from 8 am to 5 pm, inspection crews will be conducting a physical survey of the Brookings Sanitary Sewer System in the area north of Arnold Lane to Harris Beach State Park; east of Hwy 101 in the Harris Heights area; Parkview Drive to Vista Ridge; and Hwy 101 north from Ransom to Third Street area.  This study will involve the opening of manholes in the streets and easements.  An important task of the survey will be the "Smoke Testing" of sewer lines to locate breaks and defects in the sewer system.  The smoke that you see coming from the vent stacks on houses or holes in the ground is NON-TOXIC, HARMLESS, HAS NO ODOR, AND CREATES NO FIRE HAZARD.

The smoke should not enter your home unless you have defective plumbing or dried-up drain traps.  If this occurs, you should consult your licensed plumber.  In any event, if the harmless smoke can enter through faulty plumbing, the potential exists for dangerous sewer gasses to enter your home.  Should smoke enter your home, you may contact a member of the smoke testing crew working in the area, and he will be pleased to check with you as to where and why the smoke has entered your home.  If you have any seldom-used drains, please pour water in the drain to fill the trap, which will prevent sewer gasses or odors from entering the building.


Some sewer lines and manholes are located on private property within easement areas.  Whenever these lines require investigation, members of the inspection crews will need access to the easements for the sewer lines and manholes.  Homeowners do not need to be home, and workmen will not need to enter your house.  Your cooperation is appreciated.  Any questions please contact Richard Christensen at 469-1171.

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