Saturday, July 2, 2022

Southlake Water Utilities Continues Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing

Southlake Water Utilities will continue sanitary sewer smoke testing through the month of November. No smoke testing will be conducted the week of Thanksgiving.

Southlake Water Utilities, in partnership with RJN Engineering, has been conducting sanitary sewer smoke testing since mid-October.  Smoke testing is performed in order to help locate any possible problems with the sanitary sewer system. To perform the testing, RJN personnel will need access to manholes which are located in streets, front yards, back yards and public utility easements.

To help notify residents prior to testing, RJN representatives will be going door-to-door in the testing areas to provide door hangers with information and to answer any questions. RJN field personnel are uniformed and possess identification badges. Homeowners do not need to be home during this project and at no time will field crews need to enter your home or business. Southlake personnel will also be on site during testing to help answer any questions. Residents can also look for roadside message boards in the testing area.

Some residents may notice smoke coming from roof vent stacks on houses or from the ground. The smoke is non-toxic, and does not create a fire hazard. Deputy Director of Public Works Cristina McMurray says this testing is common practice, “This type of testing is a common method for a visual inspection of the sanitary sewers. This procedure helps identify any issues so that we can address them and make the necessary corrections to the City’s collection system. Please reach out to us if you have any questions. We are happy to help. ”

While the smoke should not enter your house, if it does, it could be an indicator of defective plumbing or dried up drain traps. If this does happen, residents should consult with a licensed plumber for repairs. The information gained from this study will be used to improve the sanitary sewer collection system.

If you have any questions, please call Public Works Operations at (817) 748-8082 or Amanda Voss, Project Manager with RJN, at
(214) 491-8574.  Please follow the City’s and the DPS Facebook page and Twitter for daily updates.

November Sewer Testing Map

Testing area for month of November

Southlake Public Works to Conduct Test to Improve Sewer System

On Tuesday October 17, 2017, Southlake Public Works Wastewater Division, in partnership with RJN Engineering, will begin smoke testing in key locations throughout the City.

The purpose of this testing is to locate any possible deficiencies in the wastewater collection system which may allow rain water to enter the system. It will require access to manholes which may be located in streets, front yards, back yards and public easements.

Some residents may notice smoke emanating from roof vent stacks on houses or the ground. Deputy Director of Public Works Cristina McMurray says residents should not be concerned, “This is a common visual test. Any smoke coming from rain gutters or roof vent stacks on houses is non-toxic, harmless and creates no fire hazard.”

Additionally, the smoke should not enter your home unless you have defective plumbing or dried up drain traps. However, if this does occur, residents should consult your licensed plumber for repairs. If the harmless smoke can enter through faulty plumbing, the potential exists for sewer gases to enter your home or business. It’s also a good idea to pour water into drains which are seldom used and this will also prevent smoke from entering into the interior of the home or place of business.

Some sewer lines and manholes may be located on the backyard easement of property lines.  Whenever the lines require investigation, members of the inspection crews will need access to the easements for sewer lines and manholes.

It’s important to remember that RJN field personnel are uniformed and carry identification badges. Homeowners do not need to be home during this project and at no time will field crews have to enter your home or business.

This test is performed about once every 10 years. The information gained in this study will be used to improve your sewer services.

If you have any questions, please call Public Works Operations at (817) 748-8082 or Joseph Colley with RJN at (972) 437-4300 ext. 266.