Monday, October 3, 2022

Carolina Beach to conduct smoke test of sanitary sewer system

CAROLINA BEACH — A smoke test of the sanitary sewer system will occur in Carolina Beach from Feb. 22 to Feb. 25.

The testing will occur on blocks between the Columbia Avenue and Carolina Sands Drive blocks (north to south), and between South Lake Park Boulevard and 8th St (east to west), as well as South Lake Park Boulevard from Woody Hewitt Avenue to Ocean Boulevard (north to south), and all of Carolina Beach Avenue South (see map below). 

The study will analyze manholes in the streets and public utility easements. Locating breaks and defects in the sewer system is crucial to the study. A special non-toxic smoke, specifically used for this purpose, will be administered in the tests. The smoke will not affect plant or animal life or leave residual stains, and it does not have an unpleasant odor.

Visibility and smell is temporary, only lasting a couple of minutes with proper ventilation. Some smoke may enter residential homes or local businesses that are connected to the sewer system — primarily if there are inadequate ventilation systems connected to buildings, or if certain tubs, sinks and so on have been incorrectly installed or are defective. 

Plumbing fixture drain traps should be filled with 3-cups of water by running the faucet for 30-60 seconds before the study begins to prevent any issues. Drains should be prepared and equipped before Feb. 22 and only before smoke testing begins.

If the smoke or its odor enters resident homes or buildings, this is an indication that gasses and odors may enter from the sewer as well; both are unpleasant, dangerous and are potential health risks. In the event of this occurring, a smoke testing crew member working in the area should be contacted. Private property defects are the responsibility of the property owner.

Any questions or concerns regarding plumbing preparedness and the testing can be by addressed by contacting (910) 465-1946 or (910) 200-0711.


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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