Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing- 11/30Business, Community November 29, 2021
Utility Technologies, under contract with the Loudon Utilities Board, will be conducting smoke tests as part of a program to detect leaks within the sewer collection system.
The smoke generated during these tests should not enter your home if the plumbing is in proper condition. You 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. Therefore, we request that you pour water into all infrequently used fixtures to ensure all the traps are full of water. These include baths, sinks, toilets, floor/basement drains, and washing machine drains.
If smoke does enter your house, 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. 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 to humans, pets, and plants; however, persons with respiratory conditions such as asthma or bronchitis should leave their residence if smoke should enter their home. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause you. Please contact JD Johnson with Utility Technologies at 865-606-1878 should you have any questions regarding these tests. Additional questions regarding these tests may be directed to LUB Customer Service at 865-458-2091.
Select areas of the system will be tested. The first area is the Hwy 11 (north of the TN River.) The next area is the Loudon City Park area on Hwy 72 (from Carding Machine Rd to I-75.) Other area’s testing schedule will be shared soon.