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City in Illinois to perform “Smoke Testing” of drain pipes

“In an effort to save money and keep underground pipes in good condition, Herrin will be pumping smoke into sewer pipes. The process helps crews find breaks or defects in the pipes and schedule repairs.

Crews will begin the smoke testing on Wednesday and the city is making sure residents know not to be alarmed. The smoke isn’t harmful but could potentially enter homes if there’s a problem with the pipe.
That could alert homeowners of potential dangers such as un-capped sewage lines.”

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Since the smoke isn’t toxic, this test is an effective way for homeowners to detect any uncapped sewer lines connected to their home. Sewer lines that clog are not only unsanitary but also can cause environmental problems.

If your sewer is backed up call DC Annis at 612-861-6425 for immediate assistance. You can also visit our sewer line page for additional information.