WYTHE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Wythe County’s Wastewater Department, along with the Trasher Group, will begin smoke testing sewer lines in Max Meadows, Fort Chiswell, and Grahams Forge starting on Monday, March 8.
Testing hours will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Smoke testing is a method to locate leaking sewers, lost manholes, and faulty sewer connections.
Residents can expect to see some smoke coming out of the sewer roof vents during the test. If the residence has a faulty sewer connection, smoke may enter the house through the faulty connection.
Officials would like to remind residents to not be alarmed if this occurs. The smoke is non-toxic, non-staining, and free of oil and colored particles. If you do have contact with the smoke, you may experience some minor respiratory irritation. If people inside your home/building have asthma, emphysema, or some other respiratory condition, you are asked to notify representatives at (276) 223-4501.
Smoke testing of the entire sanitary sewer system is expected to take approximately four to six weeks. Crews will go door-to-door to notify residents of when they will be working in the area.
Officials ask residents to pour water down all drains in your residence to ensure your J-bend sewer traps are full of water.