Claremont NC
Smoke Testing of Sanitary Sewers
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Posted on Wednesday May 23, 2018
Beginning on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018, the City of Claremont will be doing a routine smoke testing of sewer lines to locate possible breaks in the sewer line.
The City of Claremont has received an Asset Inventory and Assessment Grant from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality to survey the current condition of our sanitary sewer system. As a part of this grant, the City will be working with Wooten Engineering to perform the smoke testing. It will involve opening and entering manholes in the streets and easements. During the tests, a non-toxic smoke will be put into a manhole that will flow to the sewer lines. Please do not be alarmed, the smoke is non-toxic, has a slight odor, will be white to gray in color and creates no fire hazard. 

If you have any seldom used drains, please pour water in the drain to fill the trap, which will prevent smoke from entering. Drain traps should always be filled with water to prevent sewer gases or odors from entering the building. The smoke should not enter your home unless you have defective plumbing or dried up drain traps. If this occurs, please contact a member of the smoke testing crew working in the area.

The information gathered from this testing will be used to evaluate improvements to the City's sanitary sewer system. 

Depending on weather conditions, all work should be completed by the end of the week.

Thank you for your cooperation. 

Tom Winkler
Public Works Director
City of Claremont
(828) 312-8977
Claremont | 3288 East Main Street | P.O. Box 446 | Claremont, NC 28610  |  Phone: 828-466-7255  |  Fax: 828-466-7185
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