Smoke testing this week in Oconee Co

Work begins Thursday

The Oconee County Water Resources Department is gearing up for smoke testing of sewer lines, Thursday and Friday in the Athens Ridge, Harden Hill Road, and Summit Grove Drive areas of Oconee County. It’s part of the Department’s ongoing sewer maintenance program.

From the Oconee Co government website…

Smoke testing is a safe and cost-effective way to detect defects in the sewer line where storm and other surface waters may be entering the system.

During smoke testing, blowers are used to send an artificially-produced, non-toxic, non-staining smoke through a blocked-off segment of the sanitary sewer line. If the line is in good condition, the forced smoke will emerge from manhole lids along the line and house vents on the roof. If the line has defects, smoke will escape through any breaks.

The smoke used during the testing is commonly used in the industry, leaves no residue, poses no fire hazard, and is safe for people, pets, and plants. However, if there are individuals in the smoke testing area who have respiratory problems and are immobile, please notify Oconee County Water Resources at 706-769-3960 prior to testing.

Under normal circumstances, smoke will not enter a residence; however, it is possible that smoke may enter through a dried-out drain trap or a plumbing defect. To prevent smoke entering the home through unused drain traps, please fill all drain traps with a minimum of one quart of water prior to testing. If smoke does enter a home, it should be reported to the crews conducting the test. Repairs to internal plumbing are at the homeowner’s discretion. Please note that if smoke can enter your home, dangerous sewer gases can, as well.

For questions about smoke testing, or more information, please call 706-769-3960.

Tim Bryant

Tim Bryant hosts Classic City Today, 6-10 weekday mornings on 98.7FM & AM 1340 WGAU in Athens.

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