Thursday, May 10, 2012
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Notice of smoke testing

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[May 10, 2012]  Friday, starting at 9 a.m., the sewer department in Lincoln will conduct smoke testing in the area of Pulaski and Chicago streets to locate breaks and defects in the sewer system.

The smoke that you may see coming from vent stacks on houses or holes in the ground is relatively harmless and creates no fire hazard. However, the smoke may cause irritation to nasal passages, and any unnecessary exposure to the smoke should be avoided. People with heart or respiratory ailments should leave the home during the test. Please be sure any house pets are provided proper ventilation or are removed from the home.

The smoke should not enter your home or business unless you have defective plumbing or dried-up drain traps. If this occurs, you should contact a licensed plumber to correct the problem. In any event, if the relatively harmless smoke can enter your home or business through faulty plumbing, the potential exists for dangerous sewer gases to enter your home or business. The presence of test smoke in your home or business should be reported immediately by calling Mark Mathon, city engineer, at 217-280-0429, or Darrell Palmer, wastewater facility manager, 217-732-4030.

If you have any seldom-used drains, please pour water into the drain to fill the trap prior to the anticipated testing date. This will prevent sewer gases or odors from entering your home or business.

Your cooperation is appreciated. If you have any questions about the testing, call Mathon, 217-280-0429, or Palmer, 217-732-4030.

[Text from file received from Mark Mathon, city engineer]

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