be advised that the City of Rock Island and personnel from Veenstra & Kimm,
Inc. will be conducting smoke testing on the sanitary sewer lines in the area
bounded by 30th Street to 38th Street and 18th
Avenue to 23rd Avenue during the period of: October
16 - November 7.
The City is conducting
smoke testing in order to possibly:
sewer defects before they become more serious.
quantity and severity of sewer backups.
costs of added sewer cleaning and treatment due to defects.
understand sewer connections within the system.
smoke that you see coming from the vent stacks on houses or holes in the ground
is non-toxic, non-staining, has no odor, white to gray in color and creates no
fire hazard. The smoke should not enter your building
unless you have defective plumbing or dry drain traps. While we have no reason to expect
difficulties, we wanted to make you aware of coming activities. Your patience and cooperation is very much
You Can Take to Assist With the Tests and Limit Smoke inside Your Home:
smoke should not enter into buildings unless leaks or plumbing defects
exist. To prevent smoke from rising out
of appropriately-connected drains inside your home, please make sure that traps
for all basement floor drains and other sink traps and plumbing fixtures are
full of water by pouring approximately 24 ounces of water in each drain before
the scheduled test. Water should be
added every 2-3 days during the testing dates stated at the beginning of this
notice. Smoke may be visible from your
downspout (gutters), which means they are connected to the sanitary sewer
system, no need to be alarmed.
if you get smoke in your house?
you detect smoke in your building, the room should be ventilated through an
open window or door. While the smoke is
harmless, if you believe you might experience irritation of the respiratory
system, leave the area and ventilate well to dissipate the smoke. The smoke is designed to dissipate within 30
minutes and should not damage your belongings.
Please notify the field technicians who are conducting the test should
smoke enters your building.