Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing
Please click here for a location map of affected areas. Residents in the affected areas should also have received a door hanger and the following public notice.
Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing - Frequently Asked Questions
Points of groundwater or surface water intrusion into the sanitary sewers
Cross connections between sanitary and storm sewers
Buildings that connected their downspouts or sump pumps to the sanitary sewer
Prior to the test, the Village will notify fire and police department where we will be conducting sewer system smoke testing. During smoke testing, field crews blow air and smoke into the sanitary sewer system and monitor where smoke escapes the system. If smoke permeates up through a yard, it indicates a break in the sewer line.
Pour approximately two gallons of water into all floor drains
Run water for 30 seconds in unused sinks, tubs, and showers
If there is an individual in your home or business who has respiratory problems and/or mobility limitations, contact the testing firm at 630-272-5461 prior to testing.
Smoke is normally seen coming from roof vent stacks (pipes atop your roof) and nearby manhole covers, which indicates that smoke has correctly filled the sewer pipe. Smoke seen in grassy areas, building foundations, or roof gutters is not normal and will be further inspected.
Vents stacks for your building’s drain pipes are inadequate or defective.
Drain traps under sinks, tubs, basins, showers and other drains are dry, defective or improperly installed
The pipes, connections or seals in the wastewater drain system in and/or under your building are damaged, defective, have plugs missing or are improperly installed.
Crews may be in your neighborhood for several hours, but the actual smoke test for your street normally takes less than 30 minutes to complete.
No. Inspection crews will not need to enter your home during testing. They can follow up with you later if you believe smoke entered your home during the test that day.
This smoke, in the unlikely event it enters your home, is not harmful to pets or plants.
Door hangers will be distributed at each residence in the area approximately one day prior to testing. The test date is subject to change based upon weather conditions. Signs will also be posted on several street corners in the neighborhood.