Sewer Fixes for Residents - Smoke in house after smoke testing?  Here's what to do next...

Sewer Fixes for Residents - Smoke in house after smoke testing? 
Here's what to do next...

-If you or someone you live with noticed smoke in your home this week during the City's smoke testing of our City sewer testing, that very likely indicates that you probably have a problem with your own personal plumbing--and such problems can even prove hazard to your health if not addressed!  With that said, if you did in fact notice smoke in your home during the City's smoke testing, please consider the following information and take any steps necessary to fix any potential problems to safeguard your and your family's health from the potential hazards of leaking sewer gas:

According to the North Dakota Department of Health, if you suspect a problem with sewer gas (which is a good possibility if you noticed smoke during the City's smoke testing), you should
"[t]ry to follow the odor to locate the point of entry, such as a basement floor drain or a blocked vent pipe on the roof. By adding water to the floor drain or removing debris from a roof vent pipe, you may be able to prevent sewer gas from entering your home. In the unlikely event that a leak is occurring in the sewer plumbing behind a wall, a plumber may be needed to find and fix it. Some local public health departments may be able to offer home inspections to help with finding the source of the problem.  If you suspect that high concentrations of sewer gas have accumulated in an enclosed space, you should evacuate the area and contact the fire department for assistance. Avoid creating an ignition source such as a spark from an electrical appliance, turning on lights, matches or a cigarette lighter."  [Additional information from the N.D. Dep't of Health on the hazards of sewer gas available by clicking HERE].

The following information on this subject has also been provided by the Village of Paw Paw, Michigan:

"How Do I Find Places Where Sewer Gas Is Coming Is Entering My Home?

1. CHECK ALL OF THE TRAPS IN YOUR HOUSE TO MAKE SURE YOUR
WATER SEAL OF THE SEWER IS CORRECT.

2. GO ON THE ROOF OR HAVE A PLUMBER OR HANDYMAN GO ON THE
ROOF AND CHECK ALL OF YOUR VENT STACKS TO SEE IF IT IS CLOGGED
OR IF A DEAD RODENT HAS LODGED IN ONE OF THE VENT PIPES.

3. RE-INSTALL THE BOWL-WAX RINGS ON THE TOILETS IN YOUR HOUSE,
SOMETIMES THEY GET OLD AND LET SEWER SMELLS SEEP IN.

4. IF YOU ARE ON SLAB FOUNDATION, CHECK TO SEE IF YOU HAVE ANY
SEWER-LEAKS IN YOUR PIPES GOING INTO YOUR FOUNDATION OR
UNDER YOUR SLAB FOUNDATION. (YOU MAY NEED TO HIRE A PLUMBER OR OTHER PROFESSIONAL TO DO A FOLLOW-UP SMOKE TEST FOR
THIS).

5. GET A FOLLOW-UP SMOKE TEST DONE ON YOUR DRAINS. A PLUMBER/DRAIN
CLEANER WILL CAP OFF ALL DRAIN VENTS ON YOUR HOUSE, AND BLOW
SMOKE IN YOUR DRAIN, WASTE, VENT SYSTEM; WHEREVER YOU SEE
SMOKE IN YOUR HOUSE, THAT IS WHERE THE SEWER SMELL IS COMING
FROM."

[More information on this subject, including diagrams on plumbing traps, etc., available by clicking HERE].