What exactly is a Smoke Test? The crew will use a high capacity blower technique to test the sewer line with smoke. Smoke blowers are placed on manholes and smoke is blown through the sewer system to identify possible cracks or holes in the sewer system lines.
How will residents know when Smoke Testing will be performed in their neighborhood? Prior to beginning the smoke testing, the City of Atlantic Beach Utilities Department will give notices to all homes/buildings in the area to be smoke tested at least 24 to 48 hours in advance..
Is the smoke that is used hazardous? The smoke that comes out is non-toxic and harmless. It does not create a fire hazard.
Does the resident need to be home when the Smoke Testing is performed? Homeowners do not need to be home during the testing. Crews will only be identifying areas in streets and yards for any escaping smoke.
What do I need to do to prepare for the Smoke Testing?
Drains should have water run through them prior to testing, by running the faucet for 30 seconds the day of the test. No additional preparations are required.
What should I do if smoke enters my home?
Smoke should not enter your building, but if it does, it has a very distinct odor and will only last a few minutes with proper ventilation. Smoke entering your home could be an indication of a defect in your plumbing system, and homeowners may want to contact a licensed plumber.
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 the: • 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.