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Utility to Conduct Smoke Testing of Sewers
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Utility to Conduct Smoke Testing of Sewers


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (Aug. 5, 2019) – Charlotte County Utilities has scheduled smoke testing of the sanitary sewer system in the Port Charlotte service area between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. starting Monday, Aug. 12 through Friday, Sept. 6. The smoke-testing procedure is necessary to help identify potential sources of inflow and infiltration into the sanitary sewer system, as well as locate problems in private sewer lines that might need to be repaired.

The tests force a non-toxic, artificially-created smoke into sewer pipes. The smoke does not create a fire hazard and is not harmful to humans, pets, food, plants or material goods. It does not leave a residue or stain and has a discreet, non-objectionable scent. Visibility and aroma lasts only a few minutes where there is adequate ventilation. If residents see smoke in their homes, they should not be alarmed.

Under normal circumstances, the smoke should exhaust harmlessly through the vent stacks of homes during the testing. The correction of any defects discovered by the testing on private property is the sole responsibility of the property owner. The owner will be notified if defects are found. The services of a professional plumber are advised to fix any repairs needed.

Homeowners do not need to be home and at no time will utilities employees need to enter residences. If there is an individual in your home or business who has respiratory problems and/or mobility limitations and may become alarmed or confused if they see smoke, contact 941-764-4300 prior to Aug. 12.

Smoke testing will be performed on various roads starting on Breezeswept Avenue (Section A) and moving south through the area.

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For information, contact Charlotte County Utilities 941-764-4300 or CCUSupport@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.


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