Sewer System Smoke Testing
Date(s) - June 15, 2020
Queenstown will be conducting smoke testing of the sewer system beginning June 15, 2020.
Testing will involve the opening and entering of manholes in the streets and public utility easements. The purpose of testing is to locate breaks/defects and to reveal sources of where storm and other surface water enter the sewer system. A special non-toxic smoke, manufactured for this purpose, will be used in these tests. The smoke leaves no residuals or stains, and has no effect on plant or animal life. The smoke has a distinctive, but not unpleasant, odor. Visibility and odor last only a few minutes, where there is adequate ventilation. Because the plumbing appliances in your house or building are connected to the sanitary sewer system, some smoke may enter your home or place of business if:
- Vents connected to your building’s sewer pipes are inadequate, defective, or improperly installed.
- Traps under sinks, tubs, basins, showers and other drains are dry, defective, improperly installed, or missing.
- Pipes, connections and seals of the wastewater drain system in and under your buildings are damaged, defective, have plugs missing, or are improperly installed.
All residents are advised that if traces of this smoke or its odor enter your house or building, it is an indication that gases and odors from the sewer also may enter. Sewer gases can be both unpleasant and dangerous, as well as a health risk to the occupants. Should smoke enter your home or business, you may contact a member of the smoke testing crew working in your area. The crew member will be able to help and check with you as to where the smoke has entered your building. Location, identification, and correction of the source of smoke that enters your building is urgently advised. Your cooperation will be appreciated. The information gained from this testing will be used to improve your sewer services. Should you have any questions, please contact the Town Office at 410-827-7646.
Property Owners please pass this information on to any tenants.