The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 15, 2013

Oak Hill to begin smoke testing for leaky sewers

— Beginning Monday, Thrasher Engineering and the City of Oak Hill will begin smoke testing of the sanitary and storm sewer system.

Smoke testing is a cost-effective method to locate leaky sewers, lost manholes and faulty sewer connections.

Testing hours will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Residents can expect to see some smoke coming out of their sewer roof vents during the test.

If a resident has a faulty sewer connection, smoke might enter the house through the faulty connection. If this occurs, do not be alarmed. The smoke is non-toxic, non-staining and free of oil and colored particles and creates no fire hazard.

During the day prior to the date of the scheduled testing, pour water down all drains in your home or building to ensure your U-bend sewer traps are full.

Additional notification will be given 24 to 48 hours prior to testing

If you have any questions, contact Butch Whitmore at 304-640-0730 or Mark Via at 304-640-1444 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.