Smoke Test Notice to Residents

Common Questions and Answers

1. Is Smoke Harmful?

No, it may make you cough, but it is not harmful to your health (not recommended to continually breathe in for long periods of time) and will not harm your clothing, drapes, or furniture. If you have any concerns because of an adverse breathing condition, please contact us prior to testing.

2. What Do You Do If The Smoke Gets Into Your House/Business?

Contact the crew working in the area. Open windows for ventilation. When you receive notice that smoke testing will take place, you should check to see that all traps under basins, washing facilities, and floor drains have water in them.

3. What Is The Purpose Of Smoke Testing?

To find possible leaks in the sanitary sewer system and roof drain connections.

4. I Will Not Be At Home During The Smoke Testing And Have Pets In The House, What Should I Do?

The smoke is not harmful to pets. It would be a good idea to leave several windows partially open for ventilation should any smoke enter the building. If you have proper connections and all traps have water in them, the likelihood of there being any problems is minimal.

5. If Smoke Does Get Into The House/Business, How Long Does It Take For The Smoke To Dissipate?


This will depend on how much smoke enters the building and how much ventilation you can provide. Opening windows and ventilating normally clears smoke quickly.


6. Can Smoke Stop Up The Sewers?


No. The smoke is vaporous.


7. What Happens If You Find A Bad Sewer Or Lack Of Traps In A Building?

This Information will be documented and will be given to The City of Franklin to determine what steps are necessary to remedy the problem.