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September 9, 2019

Village to Perform Smoke Test of Village Sewer System

The Village of Perry Department of Public Works along with our engineering consultant, MRB Group will be conducting “Smoke Testing” in the sanitary sewer system beginning Monday September 16, 2019 and concluding on Friday October 4, 2019.

A non-toxic smoke will be blown into the sewer system to reveal leaks that allow storm water and other surface waters to enter. Locating and correcting these leaks will conserve capacity in the sanitary sewer system.

The smoke is manufactured specifically for this purpose, leaves no residuals or stains, and has no effects on people, plants or animals. It has a distinctive, but not unpleasant, odor. The visible smoke and odor last only a few minutes, where there is adequate ventilation.

The smoke should not enter your home. However, if smoke does enter your home, any of the following items are the probable cause:

  • The vents connected to your building’s sewer lateral are inadequate, defective, or improperly installed.
  • The traps under sinks, tubs, basins, showers, floor drains, etc. are dry, defective, improperly installed, or missing.
  • The pipes, connections, and seals of the building’s sewer system are damaged, defective, have plugs missing, or are improperly installed.

During the days prior to Monday September 16, 2019, pour about 1-2 gallons of water down ALL drains in your home or building to ensure that traps are full.

If traces of the smoke or its odor enter your house or building, it is an indication that odor from the sewer system may also be entering. This can be unpleasant, dangerous, and a potential health hazard. The location, identification, and correction of the source of any smoke entering your house is urgently advised.

We have attached to this letter, a list of frequently asked questions regarding smoke testing of sanitary sewers.

We can provide assistance in locating the source of smoke entering your house. However, correction of any defects in the pipes and sewer on private property is the responsibility of the owner. If smoke is observed in your home and the source is not readily identified or you have any questions, please call the Village of Perry Village Hall at (585) 237-2216 for assistance.


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