Part of Perry sewer system to be smoke tested Tuesday

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The Perry Public Works Department will conduct a smoke test on a portion of the city's sanitary sewer system Tuesday, Sept. 29. Residents are advised to read this public notice and make themselves aware.


Next Tuesday, Sept. 29, the Perry Public Works Department will conduct a smoke test on a portion of the city’s sanitary sewer system. The area to be tested is bounded by Willis Avenue on the south, Pattee Street on the north, Seventh Street on the west and 11th Street on the east.

The rain date will be Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Perry residents within the Smoke Test Zone should see harmless whitish-gray smoke coming from their roof vents if their houses are properly plumbed and their drain traps are properly filled.
Perry residents within the Smoke Test Zone should see harmless whitish-gray smoke coming from their roof vents if their houses are properly plumbed and their drain traps are properly filled.

According to a statement issued Thursday by Perry City Hall, a smoke-test survey assists inspection crews in locating breaks and defects in the sewer system.

Residents in the area will see whitish-gray smoke coming from the vent stacks on housetops or from holes in the ground.

The smoke is non-toxic, non-staining and odorless. It does not create a fire hazard.

The smoke should not enter your home unless you have defective plumbing or dried up drain traps. Homeowners are advised to pour a gallon of water into each floor drain prior to the testing.

Residents in the smoke test area are advised to pour one gallon of water down any floors drains or seldom-used sinks in order to fill their drain traps and prevent smoke and sewer gases entering their dwellings.
Residents in the smoke test area are advised to pour one gallon of water down any floor drains or seldom-used sinks prior to the test in order to fill their drain traps and prevent smoke and sewer gases entering their dwellings.

If smoke enters your home, there is good reason to assume that dangerous sewer gases may also be entering your home. You should evacuate immediately and notify the work crews.

If you are not home at the time of the test and discover smoke when you return, please call Perry City Hall at 515-465-2481.

Please note: If any person in your home or business has respiratory problems and is immobile, notify Perry City Hall at 515-465-2481 prior to testing.

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