The Town of Lockport will be conducting leak tests in the town’s sanitary sewer systems by blowing smoke into the pipes during the coming weeks. The smoke helps reveal sources of sewer odors in the neighborhoods as well as places where some and other surface waters are entering the sanitary system.
Town officials have said in a release that representatives may have to enter yards so a photograph can be taken of leaks occurring in the system, depending on where the leaks are located. At no time will any representatives have to enter a home. Town officials are asking the public for cooperation in allowing the photographer to take pictures.
A special, non-toxic smoke will be used for the tests. This smoke is manufactured for this purpose, leaves no residuals or stains and has no effects on plant or animal life. The smoke has a distinctive, but not unpleasant, odor. Visibility and odor last only a few minutes, where there is adequate ventilation.
Because the plumbing appliances in your house or building are connected to the sanitary sewer system, some of this smoke may enter your house if the:
- Vents connected to your building’s sewer pipes are inadequate, defective or improperly installed.
- Traps under sinks, tubs, basins, showers and other drains are dry, defective, improperly installed or missing.
- Pipes, connections and seals of the wastewater drain system in and under your building are damaged, defective, have plugs missing or are improperly installed.
All residents are advised that if traces of this smoke or its odor enter your house or building, it’s an indication that gases and odors from the sewer may also enter. These can be both unpleasant and dangerous as well as a health hazard to the home’s occupants. Location, identification and correction of the source of smoke that enters your house is urgently advised.
While the Town of Lockport will render all possible cooperation, the correction of any defects in the pipes and sewer lines on private property is the responsibility of the property owner. The services of a professional plumber are advised.
The tests will take place the week of February 16.
For more information, or any questions, contact the Town of Lockport at (985) 532-3117.
Posted on Tue, February 2, 2016
by The Lafourche Gazette