The smoke will help locate places where storm and other surface waters are entering the city’s sewers as well as reveal sources of sewer odors. Leak testing is part of a continuing effort to provide a safe, economical, efficient and environmentally sound sewer system throughout Franklin.
Most residents will not even notice the testing. A special non-toxic smoke will be used in the leak tests. The smoke is manufactured for this purpose and, therefore, leaves no residuals or stains and has no effect on plants and animals. The smoke has a distinctive, but not unpleasant odor. In the unlikely event that anyone should have direct contact with the smoke, they may experience some minor irritation of the respiratory passages. These problems last only a few minutes where there is adequate ventilation.
If traces of the smoke or its odor enter a residence or other building, it is an indication that gases and odors from the sewer also may enter. Evidence of smoke in a structure during the smoke testing should be immediately reported to the public works and utilities department testing crew and to a plumber. Location, identification and correction of the source of smoke entering a residence or building is strongly recommended. While the city will render all possible assistance, the correction of any defects in the pipes and sewer on private property is the responsibility of the owner.
Leak testing smoke may enter a structure if:
—Vents connected to your building’s sewer pipe are inadequate, defective or improperly installed; or
—Traps under sinks, tubs, basins, showers and other drains are dry, defective, improperly installed or missing; or
—Pipe, connections and seals of the wastewater drain system in and under building are damaged, defective, has plugs missing or are improperly installed.
This year’s tests will occur over several weeks. However, the actual testing in a neighborhood may last only a few minutes. The city will provide notice 24 hours before testing is scheduled in a neighborhood. When a notice is given, it is recommended that residents run water into all drains for one minute, especially those used infrequently.
If the property is not owner-occupied, the city asks residents to forward this important information to anyone living or working there. For more information or questions call 828-3631 during regular office hours (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.), or visit our website anytime at www.franklin-la.com.