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Denham Springs conducts smoke tests

Denham Springs conducts smoke tests
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POSTED: Monday, December 2, 2013 - 4:13pm

UPDATED: Friday, December 6, 2013 - 9:41am

Things could be getting a little smokey this week for some residents in Denham Springs.

It's actually a positive thing. In an effort to keep residents safe, the city is testing the sewer pipes this week to make sure there are no leaks in them.

"I think that's wonderful. Denham Springs tries to stay on top of all of the problems, and I certainly agree that our mayor has down a fantastic job."

Brenda Wesley's lived in Denham Springs as long as she can remember, but she does not remember anything like this.

"No, not to my knowledge," Brenda said. "This is a first. We have animals inside, and we sure wouldn't want anything to happen to them along with us."

The city's decided to conduct smoke tests all around Denham Springs. It allows them to find cracks and leaks in the pipelines, which can mess up the sewerage treatment process.

"I really think it's a great idea that way we can find if these old sewage lines have leaks, and they can get them fixed. I do understand that the smoke that comes in your home is not toxic. So that's good."

Some people may get startled when they see purple smoke in their homes and on the roads, but don't worry, I'm told it's harmless.

"It probably will, but then I'll stop and think I know what that is so I'll be okay," Brenda said.

The Department of Public Works ensures the smoke won't leave any residue or stains in homes. This week is the first testing phase of six. 

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I'm writing about the above comment "Some people may get startled when they see purple smoke in their homes and on the roads, but don't worry, I'm told it's harmless." The purple smoke may not be harmful. The smoke is escaping from unsealed plumbing piping and connections, no p-traps and bad wax seals on toilets. If smoke is escaping into your home that also means methane gas is escaping and it is harmful. If you see smoke in your home you need to call a licensed plumber.

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