9/5 Smoke Testing

On Tuesday, September 5, 2017 starting at 1:00 pm Hydrostructures will be smoke testing Warrenton Plant North (please see attached map). Listed below are the smoke testing street locations for Tuesday, September 5th, 2017.


  • Bear Wallow Dr
  • Vale view Dr
  • Huntsmans Dr
  • Meadow Ct
  • Iron Bit Dr
  • Reins
  • Secretariat
  • Ray Quick Ct
  • Starting Point Ct
  • Stone lea Ln
  • Old Waterloo Rd
  • Waterloo Rd
  • Stimer Fence PKWY
  • Black Sweep Rd
  • Rayquick Ct
  • Equestrian Rd
  • Race course Rd
  • Black Sweep Rd
  • Fox Chase St
  • Lancrell Rd
  • Chase Wood Ln
  • Gay Rd
  • Short St
  • Piedmont St
  • Gold Cup Dr
  • Blue Ridge St
  • Rappahannock St
  • Broadview Ave
  • Van Roijen St
  • Norfolk Dr
  • Dover Rd
  • Plain Rd
  • Admiral Nelson



1) Is the smoke harmful?

No. It is not harmful to humans or pets. It will not harm clothing, drapes, or furniture.


2) What should I do if smoke gets into the house?

If smoke enters your home or business during testing, open windows to allow ventilation and note the location of the smoke. Smoke will clear within a few minutes. Contact Hydrostructures Manager David Johnston (757-631-7989) or Town of Warrenton’s Utilities Technician Larry Oliver (540) 347-1858.


3) What is the purpose of smoke testing?

Smoke testing is used to find possible leaks in the sanitary sewer system. When you receive notice that smoke testing will take place, you should pour water down all sinks and floor drains to prevent smoke from coming up into your home or business. To do so, simply flush toilets and pour water into all drains.


4) I will not be home during smoke testing and have pets in the house. What should I do?

The smoke is not harmful to pets. It would be a good idea to leave several windows partially open for ventilation, should any smoke enter the building. If you have proper plumbing connections and all of the drain traps have water in them, there should not be any problems.


5) If smoke gets into the house, how long does it take to dissipate?

This will depend upon how much smoke enters the building and how much ventilation you can provide.


6) Can smoke stop up the sanitary sewer?

No. The smoke is made of a vaporous substance. There is no fire hazard.

For more information, contact Larry Oliver, Utilities Technician at (540) 347-1858.

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