The City of Siloam Springs, in partnership with TREKK Design Group, is set to initiate smoke testing of sanitary sewers in Basin 8 over the next couple of weeks starting the week of July 31 as part of the City's ongoing efforts to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the sanitary sewer system.
The smoke testing process involves using non-toxic, non-staining, and odorless smoke, which is white to gray in color and poses no fire hazard. This smoke is completely safe and harmless to pets. It is an invaluable tool to identify potential issues within the sewer system and locate breaks and defects that require attention.
Residents and business owners in the testing area are encouraged to take note of the following information to ensure a smooth testing process:
- Non-Intrusive Smoke: The smoke used in the testing should not enter buildings, except in cases where there are defective plumbing or dried-up drain traps.
- Ventilation in Case of Smoke Detection: If smoke is detected in a building, residents should promptly ventilate the area by opening windows or doors. The smoke will dissipate quickly and pose no threat.
- Assistance and Reporting: In case of any smoke-related concerns or if smoke inadvertently enters a building, residents are urged to inform the field technicians conducting the test for immediate assistance.
- Precautionary Measures for Drains: To reduce the likelihood of smoke entering buildings, it is recommended to pour water into drains that are infrequently used. Adding a small amount of vegetable oil can slow down water evaporation in drains. For floor drains that do not retain water in a trap, placing a damp towel over the drain can be an effective precautionary measure.
- Special Assistance and Information: Residents needing special assistance or those aware of individuals in the neighborhood who may require help are encouraged to contact the TREKK Design Group Office at 417-890-9465. Additionally, for inquiries related to schedules or technical details, the TREKK Design Group can provide further information.
The City of Siloam Springs expresses gratitude to residents and businesses for their cooperation in this vital effort to detect and address potential issues within the sanitary sewer system. The smoke testing process will contribute significantly to maintaining a well-functioning and reliable sewer system.
Here are some questions and information regarding the upcoming smoke testing conducted by the City:
Why is the City conducting smoke testing?
The City is conducting smoke testing as part of its ongoing efforts to address issues with the sanitary sewer system. The system was not originally designed to handle stormwater, which can lead to sewage backups and an increase in the amount of water treated at the wastewater treatment plant.
What can you do to prepare for the tests?
To prepare for the smoke tests, ensure that traps for all basement floor drains, sink traps, and plumbing fixtures in your home are full of water by pouring approximately 24 ounces of water into each drain. This will prevent smoke from rising out of appropriately connected drains inside your home. It is also suggested to keep bathroom doors closed during the smoke testing activities to contain smoke within the bathroom.
What if you get smoke in your house?
In the event that you detect smoke in your building during the testing, ventilate the room by opening a window or door. If you experience any irritation caused by the smoke, leave the area and ventilate the space thoroughly to dissipate the smoke.
What does it mean if you get smoke in your house?
If smoke enters your building, it could indicate a plumbing defect. If smoke can enter your building, so can sewer gas through those openings, which can be hazardous to your health and smell bad. One common plumbing defect could be a dry drain. To prevent both smoke and sewer gas from rising out of appropriately-connected drains inside your home, ensure that traps for all basement floor drains and other sink traps and plumbing fixtures are full of water by pouring approximately 24-ounces of water into each drain.
Who should you notify if smoke enters your building during the test?
If smoke enters your building during the testing process, please promptly notify the field technicians conducting the test. This information will help in identifying and addressing any issues that may arise. Representatives will be leaving door hangers this week with their business card with residents.
For further information or inquiries about the smoke testing process, please feel free to contact the designated field technicians. On the photo below, the blue boundary line on the map indicates the areas where the crew will conduct their testing. Thank you for your cooperation as we work together to improve the efficiency and reliability of the sanitary sewer system.