Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority has contracted S&ME, Inc to conduct a "smoke test" to look for failures or leaks within the sewer collection system.

Testing will begin at 8:30 a.m. and run until dark on Friday, September 6, in the areas of James Boulevard, Signal Point Road, Tennessee Avenue, Mississippi Avenue, and surrounding side streets. On Monday, September 9, crews plan to be around the golf course on Signal Mountain.

Smoke should not get into homes or businesses if the plumbing is in good condition.  Smoke may be seen coming from roof vents which is normal.

If smoke enters a home or business it is due to faulty plumbing or fixtures not used frequently.  Residents are being asked to pour water into all infrequently used fixtures to ensure all the traps are full of water. These include sinks, toilets, floor or basement drains, and washing machine drains.

The smoke being used is made specifically for this test. It appears white and smells like mineral oil. It is non-toxic but may cause minor throat irritation if too much is inhaled.

If you have any questions or concerns contact S&ME, Inc at 423-648-5080 or SmokeTest@smeinc.com.