JOPLIN, MO.--- The City of Joplin moves forward with an effort to improve the Sanitary Sewer System. Smoke testing for sewer lines in areas north of 6th Street between Schifferdecker Avenue and Main Street will begin on Monday. The city is working with engineers from Trekk Design Group on the project, which will take two to three weeks to complete.
Smoke testing is conducted by forcing a nontoxic and harmless, odorless smoke into sewer lines. It leaves the enclosed pipe in areas where there are leaks, so workers can find defected locations. The city warns residents smoke will follow private lines and leave them through roof vents in homes. Sometimes, the smoke can enter a building through dry floor drains and P-traps or defects in the interior plumbing system. The smoke can be removed by opening windows.
Residents in affected areas will receive a notification on their doors 24 to 48 hours before testing.
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