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Concordia, Missouri

Hearts in Harmony Since 1860

Smoke Testing

The City of Concordia will be conducting leak testing in the sanitary sewer system by blowing smoke into the sewer lines. This smoke will reveal sources of sewer odors in your neighborhood, as well as, the locations where storm water and other sources of surface waters are entering the sanitary sewer system.
A special, non-toxic, smoke will be used in the tests. This smoke is manufactured for this purpose, leaves no residual, or stains, and has no effect on plant and animal life. The smoke has a distinctive, but not unpleasant odor. The visibility and odor from the smoke only lasts a few minutes where there is adequate ventilation.
Because the plumbing appliances in your home or building are connected to the sanitary sewer system, some of the smoke may enter your home if one of the following conditions exist:
1. The vents that are connected to your building’s sewer pipes are inadequate, defective, or are improperly installed
2. The traps, under sinks, tubs, basins, showers, or other drains are dry, defective, improperly installed or missing.
3. The pipes, connections and seals of the wastewater drains in or under your building are damaged, defective, have missing plugs, or are improperly installed.
All residents are advised, if traces of smoke or odor enters the building, it is an indication that sewer gas and odor may be entering the building, or home. These can be unpleasant, and dangerous, and a health hazard to the occupants. The correcting of these problems should be done in an urgent manner.
While the City of Concordia will render all possible cooperation, the correction of these defects on private property is the responsibility of the property owner. The services of a professional plumber are often required.
If you have any questions, please contact the Water Plant at 660-463-2286.
THE TESTING WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 19, 2017 at 8:00AM, AND END BY 4:00PM IN YOUR AREA. In case of inclement weather the schedule will change.
Thank you for your cooperation with this matter.
Joseph Boynton – Water/Wastewater Superintendent
City of Concordia

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