RJN Group, Inc. will be starting on Monday, Oct. 7 the first phase of testing sanitary sewers in areas south of Rickelman Avenue, east of Keller Drive to Cumberland Court and north of Ford Avenue. Also we will include Outer Belt West from Keller to Evergreen (including the Firefly). The purpose of the smoke testing is to locate defects in the sewer system.
The smoke is non-toxic, harmless and creates no fire hazard. It should not enter your home unless you have defective plumbing or dried up drain traps. Drain traps should always be filled with water to prevent sewer gases or odors from entering the building. If you have seldom used drains, please pour water in the drain to fill the trap, which should prevent smoke from the testing to enter.
If smoke is found in your home or building, simply open windows, and the smoke will dissipate quickly. Please also notify the onsite testing personnel or the onsite City staff. If the smoke does enter your home, the potential does exist for sewer gases to also enter your home, and you should consult your licensed plumber to fix any problems.
This will be an ongoing program and the information obtained will be used to improve the City’s sewer system in keeping with state and federal regulations.