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Sewer line smoke testing this week

Posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 2:38 pm

This week, the City of Bowling Green and Alliance Resources will be conducting leak testing of the sanitary sewer system.

The testing began Tuesday morning, Aug. 5 and is expected to take a few days to complete.

The test blows a non-toxic smoke into the sewer lines to reveal sources of sewer odors, as well as locations of leaks and illegal hookups.

Smoke bombs used for this test are manufactured specifically for this purpose. It leaves no residue or stain and has no effect on plant or animal life. According to Alliance, the smoke has a distinctive, but not unpleasant, odor and its visibility only lasts a few minutes where there is adequate ventilation.

Because the plumbing appliances in homes and commercial buildings are connected to the sanitary sewer system, some of the smoke may enter a residence if one of the following exists: sewer vents are inadequate, defective, or incorrectly installed; traps under drains are dry, defective, improperly installed, or missing; drain connections, pipes, or seals around the building are damaged, defective, missing plugs, or were installed incorrectly.

Residents are being advised that if traces of the test smoke or odor enters the building, it is an indication that sewer gases or odor may also enter the building. These can be unpleasant and dangerous, as well as be a health hazard to occupants. Problems should be corrected in an urgent manner.

While the City will render all possible cooperation, the correction of existing defects on private property is the responsibility of the property owner and often require professional attention.

Anyone with questions is asked to contact City Hall during regular business hours at 573-324-5451.