Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing

Inspection crews are conducting a physical survey of the Spotsylvania County sanitary sewer system. This study will involve the opening and entering of manholes in the streets and public utility easements. An important task of the survey will be the "smoke testing" of the public sanitary sewer lines to locate breaks and defects in the sanitary sewer system.

The Test

A special non-toxic smoke will be used in these tests. The smoke that you may see coming from the vent stacks on the homes/businesses or from holes in the ground is non-toxic, has little odor and creates no fire hazard.

The smoke should not enter your home or place of business unless you have defective plumbing. If you have any seldom used drains, it is recommended that you pour water in the drains to fill the trap, which will help prevent sewer gases or smoke from entering the building. If smoke can enter through faulty plumbing, the potential exists for sewer gases to enter your home/business. If this occurs, you should consult a licensed plumber to make repairs to your private property plumbing.

If Smoke Enters the Building

Should smoke enter your home or business, you may contact a member of the smoke testing crew working in your area. The crew member will be pleased to investigate with you as to where and why the smoke has entered your building.

Your cooperation is appreciated. The information gained from this study will be used to improve your Spotsylvania County sanitary sewer service and may reduce the eventual cost for customers due to the entrance of groundwater and stormwater into the sanitary sewer system.

Where Crews Are Working

When crews are testing, we will post the areas where the testing is taking place on the Utilities News (LINK).  Should you have any questions, please call 540-507-7300, option 2.