Smoke testing in Tryon 

Published 9:14 pm Tuesday, November 9, 2021

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Testing began Monday in Melrose area for sewer lines

TRYON—Residents in the Melrose Avenue, Braewick Road and Forrest Lane areas may notice some smoke this week as the town is testing the sewer lines. 

The Town of Tryon contracted with WithersRavenel to conduct a smoke testing survey in the area. The testing began on Monday and town officials said the testing will be ongoing until it is completed. The survey could be delayed in the event of any heavy rains. 

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The town’s smoke test survey will help in locating breaks and defects in the town’s sewer system. The smoke is non-toxic and will be introduced into a manhole and forced down the sewer lines with the use of an air blower. Town officials explained that the smoke will escape from the system at points where there is an open break in the line. 

Smoke could rise from the ground in yards, stream banks and storm drains. 

Residents should be aware smoke will also escape from all manhole lids, vents on building roofs, cleanouts and from underneath buildings if poor plumbing exists and should be advised that smoke can enter homes, offices and places of business.

The smoke is non-toxic, non-staining, is white to gray in color, creates no fire hazard and does have a slight odor, according to the town. 

Residents are advised to pour a gallon of water into every sink, tub and floor drain that is not subject to everyday use, which will fill the p-traps and prevent smoke from entering the building. 

The town has had several discharges from the area of Braewick and Melrose over the last few years with town officials saying that is a top priority.