The Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority is continuing smoke tests on sewer lines in parts of East Ridge on Wednesday
An engineering firm is under contract to conduct the testing which detects failures and leaks within the sewer collection system.
According to the engineering firm, S&ME, the smoke generated during these tests should not enter anyone’s home/business if the plumbing is in good condition. One may see smoke coming from the roof vents, which is a normal occurrence. In most cases, any smoke that enters a house is through faulty plumbing or through fixtures which are not regularly used.
Officials with S&ME are requesting that homeowners pour water into all infrequently used fixtures to ensure all the traps are full of water. These include sinks, toilets, floor/basement drains and washing machine drains.
If smoke does enter your home/business, you may report it to the crews working nearby. Opening of doors and windows should quickly dissipate the smoke. If desired, the crew will do a quick inspection of your residence to locate the problem area in your plumbing.
The smoke being used is made specifically for this purpose, S&ME officials said. It appears white and has a slight odor of mineral oil. It is not a fire hazard and leaves no residue. The smoke is non-toxic but may cause minor throat irritation if inhaled in quantity. Therefore, persons with respiratory conditions such as asthma or bronchitis should leave their residence if smoke should enter their home.
S&ME officials said if residents have any questions you may contact them at 423-648-5080 or at [email protected]
Click for map where work is taking place. East Ridge 8A