Regional Australian Infiltration Network (RAIN) will carry out a smoke testing program of the sewer in Stanthorpe, Queensland, in May 2017.  

Appointed by Southern Downs Regional Council, RAIN’s program will include smoke testing of the sewer network, inspection of manholes and inspection of external plumbing fittings on private properties.

Southern Downs Regional Council’s Director Engineering Services, Mr Peter See, said smoke testing is a method of detecting cracks and defects in the sewerage network that can allow rainwater and stormwater to enter the pipes.

“The process involves blowing non-toxic smoke into sewerage manholes; this smoke passes through the pipes and exits via household sewer vent pipes.

“The smoke is non-toxic, non-staining, has no odour, is white to grey in colour and does not create a fire hazard.

“The smoke should not enter your home or business unless you have defective plumbing or dried up drain traps.

“Smoke coming from broken pipes, grates or downpipes may indicate that stormwater enters the sewer from your property and/or sewer gases may also be entering your home or business,” Mr See  said.

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