Austin Water regularly performs sewer system smoke testing throughout the City of Austin to help locate defects and improve the sanitary sewer services.
SMOKE TESTING PROCESS
Smoke testing only takes a few hours, and forces smoke filled air into the sanitary sewer system. The smoke is non-toxic, odorless, and fills the sewer line and only escapes to the surface if there are any defects in the sanitary sewer system that need repair. Smoke testing is normally done between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. and requires the ground be dry. Rain may delay scheduled testing.
SMOKE TESTING IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
Prior to Smoke Testing
Door hangers will be distributed to give you information on the smoke testing process and contact information for questions or concerns. Re-notifications will be sent 2-3 days before the test.
If anyone in your home or business has breathing problems or is mobility impaired, please call 512-972-2061 or 512-972-2058 before Austin Water begins the smoke testing.
Smoke should not enter your home or building unless you have defective plumbing or seldom used drains. If you have seldom used drains including floor drains and toilets, please pour about 3 cups of water in the drain before the test.
To prevent smoke from entering around the washing machine drain pipe tie a damp rag around the drain opening.
During Smoke Testing
You do not need to be home during the testing.
If smoke enters your home or building, contact the number listed on the door hanger or contact Austin Water at 512-972-1000.
If smoke enters your home or building you should also open a window or turn on a fan in the room where the smoke is present and leave the area for 10 to 15 minutes or until smoke has cleared. The smoke should disappear within a few minutes and leave no residue.
After Smoke Testing
Austin Water will notify you if any defects are found in your private plumbing.