Aug 6 2012

City Sewer Smoke Testing August 7-21

Sewer inspections are ongoing
From August 7 to 21, 2012, E2 Consulting Engineers will be smoke testing certain sanitary sewer lines within the City of Piedmont.  A map of the affected streets and sub-basins is linked below.  The City warns:
If a home has a bathroom, plumbing fixture, or basement floor drain that is not used or is seldom used, traps should be filled by running water in the fixtures the day before scheduled smoke testing and on a monthly basis thereafter in order to prevent sewer gas from entering the home or office.
The testing is part of an ongoing monitoring and inspection program which the City has initiated to ensure sewer lines are not subject to storm water infiltration.  Testing will occur Tuesdays through Fridays between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Notification will occur again one to two days before the test via door hangers that E2 employees will post as the work progresses.

These tests involve blowing harmless smoke into parts of the City sanitary sewer system to find damage, improper connections, and where unwanted storm water may be entering the City’s sanitary sewer system. As a result, smoke may be seen coming from roof vents, building foundations, catch basins, clean-outs, downspouts, broken sewer laterals or manhole covers. The smoke will not enter your home or business, if it is properly plumbed, vented, and the water traps contain water.

Click to read the Notice and Map regarding smoke testing.

For further information contact the Piedmont Public Works Department at 510/420-3070.

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