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In the next few months, you may notice smoky areas around Town. While these patches of smoke may seem out of place, they are safe and part of a safety check known as smoke testing.

The Town of Surfside Public Works Department performs this testing to ensure there are no defects in our sewer system.

What is smoke testing?
Smoke testing is a common test used to identify sections of the sanitary sewer collection system that may have cracks, leaks or faulty connections that allow rainwater to enter the underground pipe network.

Why is this test commonly used?
This routine, preventative maintenance test will help identify leaks, defects and stormwater inflows in the sewer system. It is one of the most cost-effective and efficient ways to make sure our wastewater treatment operations are working properly.

What to Expect:
While smoke will be visible coming out of manhole covers and vent stacks in roofs, it should not enter homes. To reduce the likelihood of smoke entering a building, the Town recommends that you pour 2-3 gallons of water into seldom-used sinks and floor drains, where the smoke could arise due to lack of water pressure. 

This may be done now anytime prior to the test.

Residents should pour at least two gallons of water down rarely used sinks, tubs and drains to prevent sewer gases from entering their homes and buildings.

How the Test Works: 
The test consists of forcing safe, vegetable-oil-derived smoke into the sewer lines and observing where it escapes to determine the location of leaks and defects. Odorless and safe, the smoke leaves no residuals or stains and has no adverse effect on people, plants or animals.

If Problems are Found:
The Town may notify you upon completion of the project if there are any problems found on your property.  Additional notifications may come from Miami Dade County.


Video created by the Brunswick-Glynn Joint Water & Sewer Commission

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