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City to smoke test sewer pipes
The city forces smoke into buried pipes to detect leaks because access to the pipes is limited. - photo by Stock photo

Those who see smoke coming out of a sewer vent next week shouldn’t worry. It’s just the city of Richmond Hill conducting smoke tests to find leaks in its sewer system.
The tests were scheduled to begin Monday and run through Friday, depending on the weather, along Highway 144 West and side streets between Highway 17 and I-95, according to the city. There also will be smoke testing in Richmond Hill Village, also known as the Bottom.
The city issued a news release saying residents could see smoke coming from streets and yards along right of ways. There should not be smoke inside buildings, the city said.
“Smoke can typically be seen coming out of the cleanout in residents’ front yards or in the roof’s vent pipe,” the release said. “The smoke is not harmful.”
Residents shouldn’t have any issues when using their plumbing.
“However, unused properties should have enough water in sinks, tubs and floor drains to fill P-traps prior to testing dates,” the release said. “(And) residents aware of potential stormwater leaks on their property should contact the city.”
For more information, call 756-3345 or go to to get daily updates.

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