The City of Aiken, through its design-build engineering contractor Arcadis, will be conducting smoke testing of the sanitary sewers in your neighborhood over the next several days. This procedure helps identify sources of leakage into the sanitary sewer system. During smoke testing, non-toxic, non-staining, artificially generated white smoke will be blown into the sanitary sewer system. This smoke creates no fire hazard and has no effects on plant or animal life. The smoke has a distinctive but not unpleasant odor. The locations of any defective pipes in the system will be found by smoke escaping through the ground. During testing, the smoke will be released through the vent stack on the roof of buildings. If the sanitary system and building’s plumbing are in proper working order, it is unlikely that smoke will enter the building. Buildings with improperly constructed sewer connections or buildings with dry traps may have this smoke enter the building. Once testing is completed, the smoke will dissipate in a few minutes and any defects will be noted for corrective action in the future. To minimize this potential, run water for several seconds for each drain in your property. If you have any questions, call 803-642-7617.
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