Austin, Texas – Shady Hollow MUD (Monday thru Friday 8AM to 5PM 11/28/2023 to 12/08/2023)
Smoke Testing Process
Smoke testing only takes a few hours, and forces smoke filled air into the sanitary sewer system. The smoke is non-toxic, odorless, and fills the sewer line and only escapes to the surface if there are any defects in the sanitary sewer system that need repair.
Smoke testing is normally done between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and requires the ground be dry. Rain may delay scheduled testing.
We use two types of smoke products, the SDS for both are below.
What Your Should Do
You do not need to be home during the smoke testing. Smoke should not enter your home or building (unless there is a leak or seldom used drains). The liquid smoke used is non-toxic, odorless, non-staining and is not a fire hazard.
Does anyone in your home or business have breathing problems or are they mobility impaired?
Before smoke testing begins, call us 512-973-8484
Have floor drains or toilets that have not been used in a while?
Pour at least 3 cups of water in them or flush a day before the test to keep smoke out.
Want to take some extra precautions?
Tie a damp rag around the drain opening of your washing machine to prevent smoke from entering around the drain pipe.
What if smoke gets into your home or building
Do Not Panic. Contact us 512-973-8484 to report smoke in your home.
Open a window or turn on a fan in the room where the smoke is present and leave the area for 10 to 15 minutes or until smoke has cleared. The smoke should disappear within a few minutes and leave no residue. We recommend that you then call a plumber to find the leak and repair it as smoke in your home means that sewer gas is leaking inside.
Will my Water services be interrupted?
No, there is no disruption of your normal water services.
I have pets. Will the smoke bother them?
The smoke used is non-toxic and harmless to pets and humans; however, there is always the possibility that if there is a defect in your private plumbing harmful sewer gases could enter your home. Also, it is possible your pet could become frightened should smoke be present. We recommend relocating or monitoring your pet during the smoke testing and not breathing in the smoke.
There are elderly in the house with medical equipment. Will it harm them?
The smoke used is non-toxic and harmless; however there is always the possibility that if there is a defect in your private plumbing harmful sewer gases could enter your home. We recommend that you do not leave the elderly or disabled unattended during the testing process, especially if they have limited mobility or are using any special medical equipment.
Will the smoke leave an odor in my house?
No, the smoke is odorless and non-staining.
Is the smoke harmful?
The smoke used is non-toxic and harmless; however there is always the possibility that if there is a defect in your private plumbing harmful sewer gases could enter your home.