Smoke Testing

Sewer Smoke Testing

The City of Mebane Utilities Department will be conducting non-toxic smoke testing of the sanitary sewer system during the hours of 7:00 am -6:00 pm Monday through Friday from May 22 to June 21, 2019.  The focus of this study will be the sanitary sewer systems located within and nearby the following areas:

Bradford Place, Briarwood, Thompson Heights, N Second Street, Hunters Run, Holly Ridge, Somerset, Historic District, District, Dillard Heights, Woodlawn Heights, Brookhollow, Peppertree, Downtown District, Alexander Park, and Beaver Creek.

The project will involve opening manholes in the streets and along public easements.  These easements may be located at the back or side of properties.  Clearing of vegetation along some easements to facilitate access may be performed if needed.

A non-toxic smoke will be blown into the sewer pipes to locate breaks and defects in the sewer system. Staff does not anticipate the vapor will enter homes and businesses, however, smoke may be seen coming from holes in the ground, clean out stacks in yards, or vent stacks on the roof of buildings and homes. The smoke should not enter your home unless the plumbing is defective or drain traps have dried up. If you have any seldom used drains, pour water into the drain to fill the trap.

If smoke is observed, you may contact our contractor, Alley, Williams, Carmen, and King, Inc., Representative, Brent Mills at (336)-260-6760 and he or a City of Mebane Representative will assist in identifying the source of the smoke. If possible, please call while the smoke testing is in progress to enable the representative to identify the source of the smoke.
Posted on 05/10/2019