Smoke testing to be performed week of August 12th

University of Florida Facilities Services will be smoke testing the sanitary sewer lines on campus to improve sewer service. This test, which involves forcing smoke into the sanitary sewer lines, will check for leaks, breaks and defects in the system. The smoke is odorless, creates no fire hazard, and should not enter buildings unless there is defective plumbing or dried-up sink traps or floor drains. The test will occur on UF’s main campus in Gainesville, east of Gale Lemerand Drive.

This test is part of Facilities Services’ continuing effort to provide safe, economical, efficient and environmentally sound utilities to the University. The smoke testing procedure has been recommended by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as an effective means of identifying problem areas in the sewer system. Eliminating system defects and improper connections will help the University remain in compliance with new federal legislation regarding sewer systems maintenance and sanitary sewer overflows.

The smoke used for this test is manufactured for this purpose. The smoke leaves no residuals or stains and has no effect on plants and animals. Direct contact with the smoke may cause minor respiratory irritation in some people.

Smoke coming from the vent stacks on buildings is normal. However, smoke coming from holes in the ground is not normal and is considered a defect. All such defects will be photographed and logged. If smoke enters the building, it is an indication of a plumbing defect. Facilities Services staff will be assisting with testing and will prioritize and address plumbing defects.

Prior to testing, Building Services personnel will pour 2 gallons of water in seldom-used sinks or floor drains to prevent sewer gases, smoke or odors from entering the premises. If smoke does enter the building during testing, immediately leave the building and notify the crews that are conducting the test or call Work Management at (352) 392-1121.


Between 8:00 am – 4:00 pm DURING THE FOLLOWING DATES

August 12th – weather permitting

August 13th – contingent

The smoke test should only affect buildings for approximately 15 minutes during this time period.

For additional information, please contact

Work Management (352) 392-1121

Published: August 9th, 2019

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