LAKE CITY, SC (WMBF) - Periodic smoke testing of the sewer system has begun in Lake City. The city said the testing began Monday, January 12 and is scheduled through March.
The process to pump smoke into intrasystem ducts will ascertain necessary repairs for the sewer system. The city said the smoke is harmless. Testing can occur anywhere between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.
The city asks residents to run water through all drains inside of the home to ensure drain traps are full.
Do not be alarmed to see smoke emerging from vent stacks and manholes around town, according to city officials.
Officials said the smoke is a harmless byproduct of the testing, and smoke will not enter a house unless the plumbing is faulty.
However, if smoke emerges from your drain, please consult your plumber at your convenience and note that the upkeep of plumbing systems on private property is the responsibility of the property owner.
According to the city, the smoke is harmless to people and animals, odorless, is non-toxic and non-staining, and will not cause a fire hazard.
For more information about this diagnostic program, please contact the City of Lake City at (843)374-5421.