The City of Sanford Engineering Division has contracted with NC Vision to conduct a physical survey of a portion of the sanitary sewer system in the Westlake Downs subdivision.
From September 26 through September 29, NC Vision will survey sewer mains and manholes that are adjacent to the ponds located in the subdivision. View a map of the affected areas here. An important task of the survey will be smoke testing of the sewer lines to locate breaks and defects in the sewer system.
What to expect: Residents may see smoke coming from the vent stacks on houses or holes in the ground. This smoke is non-toxic, harmless, has no odor, and creates no fire hazard.
How to prepare: If you have any seldom used drains, please pour water in the drain to fill the trap, which will prevent smoke from entering. Drain traps should always be filled with water to prevent sewer gases or odors from entering the building. The smoke should not enter your home unless you have defective plumbing or dried up drain traps.
Some sewer lines and manholes may be located on the backyard easement property line. Whenever these lines require investigation, members of the inspection crews will need access to the easements for the sewer lines and manholes.
Important: NC Vision personnel are uniformed and carry identification. Homeowners do not need to be home and at no time will field crews have to enter a residence.
The information gained from this study will help the City identify areas of improvement in our sewer collection system.
For questions or to report that smoke entered your home, contact:
- Michele Meyers, Engineering Services Specialist for the City of Sanford, at 919-777-1158;
- Amanda Scott, admin for the City of Sanford’s Engineering Division, at 919-777-1122; or
- the Public Works Service Center at 919-775-8247.