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Sewer Smoke Tests Monday in Rye

The City of Rye will be conducting smoke tests on the sewer system on Monday, March 26, 2018.

Animation of a smoke test

(PHOTO: animation of a smoke test.)

Smoke testing is used to find improper or broken connections in the sewage line, including unwanted or illegal connections of storm water entering the sewage lines. These connections overwhelm the already overburdened sewage system, especially during storms.

Watch this short video to understand how smoke tests work, and see Rye's notice below: 

Notice of Smoke Testing

The City of Rye will be smoke testing the sanitary sewer lines in certain areas of the City.

Work will begin on March 26, 2018 and take place between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday

The City of Rye will be doing smoke testing to the sanitary sewer lines in certain areas of the City. These tests involve blowing harmless smoke into parts of the sewer system to find damage, improper connections, and where unwanted water may be entering the City’s sewer system. As a result, smoke may be seen coming from roof vents, building foundations, catch basins, clean-outs, down spouts, 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.

The smoke used is a non-toxic substance that is harmless to humans, pets, food, and material items. Since vapor can be an irritant, direct contact with the “smoke” may cause minor respiratory irritation in some people. If the smoke does enter the building, it will clear in a few minutes with proper ventilation. Please advise any member of the smoke testing crew if any leakage occurs in your home or business. Additionally, if you have any questions about the test health issues, or any other concerns, feel free to ask a crew member, or contact the Department of Public Works at 914-967-7464.

Recommendation for Residents:
If you have a bathroom or plumbing fixture that is not used or seldom used, traps should be filled by running water in the fixtures the day before scheduled smoke testing. Water can evaporate from unused plumbing fixtures and sewer gases can enter the home. Water should be added on a monthly basis thereafter in order to prevent sewer gas from entering the home or office.

Your presence is not required during this test, and all public safety authorities have been notified of this event. We would appreciate it if you would mention this notice to your neighbors in case they have not received a notice.

We thank you for your cooperation.


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