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Treasure Island to smoke test sewer lines, warns testing could cause respiratory issues for some residents

Posted at 5:10 AM, Mar 25, 2019

TREASURE ISLAND, Fla. — Starting, Monday, March 25 Treasure Island will be using smoke to test sanitary sewer lines, which could cause respiratory issues for some residents.

"This test involves forcing smoke into the sanitary sewer lines to check for leaks, breaks and defects in the system," according to the city's website. "The smoke is odorless, creates no fire hazard, and should not enter homes or businesses unless you have defective plumbing or dried-up sink traps or floor drains."

The smoke will not affect plants or animals but may cause minor respiratory irritation to residents who "suffer from a heart condition, asthma, emphysema, or some other respiratory condition." Those who plan on staying in their home or business during testing should notify USSI at (888) 645-9570 prior to testing.

Prior to testing, residents should also "pour two gallons of water in seldom-used sinks or floor drains to prevent sewer gases, smoke or odors from entering the premises." If smoke does enter your premises it's an indication of a plumbing defect and you are urged to notify a plumber.

Testing will take place from Monday, March 25 through Friday, April 5 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about the sewer smoke testing, click here.