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January 13, 2023 6:07 PM

Smoke Testing in Central Buena Vista neighborhood: Jan. 16

A contractor will be conducting smoke testing as part of a Sewer System Evaluation Survey in the Central Buena Vista neighborhood of Winston-Salem beginning the week of January 16. Smoke testing is used by utilities to check for infiltration of rainwater into a sanitary sewer system by blowing a vaporized liquid-smoke into the pipe network. The smoke is non-toxic, ranges from white to gray in color, has a slight odor but leaves no stains or residue, is not harmful for humans or pets and does not pose a fire hazard.

The boundary for this project is roughly Robinhood Road on the north, Reynolda Road on the east, Country Club Road on the south and Forsyth County Club on the west. See the attached map. Smoke testing will take place Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is expected to take four to five weeks, weather permitting. Lane closures will occasionally be required and traffic will be controlled by a flagger when necessary. Customers within the area have been notified of the smoke testing process via postcard. Door hangers will also be distributed a week prior to smoke testing. Visit cityofws.org/smoketest for more details and to access a dashboard with an interactive map.

During the smoke test, customers may see smoke coming from building vent stacks, manholes or other locations; this is normal. Do not be alarmed and do not call the Police or Fire Department unless you are sure there is a true emergency.

Customers do not need to be home during smoke testing. If a property has any drains that are used infrequently, it is important to run at least a gallon of water from the faucets in those basins before smoke testing is performed. This will fill the water trap in the drain and prevent smoke and sewer gases from entering your home. Learn more on this fact sheet: cityofws.org/DocumentCenter/View/18731/WSFC-Utilities-Rotten-Egg-Odor-Fact-Sheet-PDF?bidId=

If you experience any smoke inside or under your home, it is indicative of a plumbing issue within your building and should be addressed with a plumber to make sure sewer gases are not escaping into your home. Smoke from roof gutters can indicate an improper drainage connection and smoke escaping out of a drain within your property can indicate a dry water trap or that there is no trap present.

For more information, contact City Link at citylink@cityofws.org, call 336-727-8000 or use any of the methods on cityofws.org/citylink.

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