Starting Tuesday, May 19, inspection crews will be conducting a physical survey of a portion of the City’s sanitary sewer system. An important task of the survey will be the "smoke testing" of the sewer lines to locate obstructions and defects in the sewer system. This study will involve the opening of manholes in the streets and easements. Residents who notice smoke coming from vent stacks on houses or holes in the ground should NOT be alarmed.The smoke that you see coming from the vent stacks on houses or holes in the ground is NON-TOXIC AND CREATES NO FIRE HAZARD. The smoke should not enter your home unless you have defective plumbing or dried up drain traps. If this occurs, you should consult your licensed plumber. In any event, if the smoke can enter through faulty plumbing, the potential exists for sewer gases to enter your home or establishment. Should smoke enter your building or structure, you may contact a member of the smoke testing crew working in the area. If you have seldom used drains, please pour water in the drain to fill the trap, which will prevent smoke from entering there. Drain traps should always be filled with water to prevent sewer gases or odors from entering the building.
The current area being focused on is generally east of I45 along FM 518 through the Historic District (Basin LC-15 on the map below).
Some sewer lines and manholes may be located on the backyard easement property line. Whenever these lines require investigation, members of the inspection crews will need access to the easements for sewer lines and manholes. RJN field personnel are uniformed and carry identi cation badges. Homeowners do not need to be home and at no time will field crews have to enter any business or residence. The information gained from this study will be used to improve the City’s sewer service. RJN field crews will be wearing masks and gloves and will follow the recommended precautions by the CDC.
For questions or more information, please contact RJN Group, Inc. at 972-546-3837 or League City at 281-554-1390.