Archive for Thursday, August 30, 2007

City sewer project could affect homes

August 30, 2007

A preventative maintenance project next week will require the assistance of some Lansing homeowners.

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 5, the city and a local contractor will begin preventive maintenance and videotaping residential sewer lines. Crews will be working in an area from Woodland Street, south to Ida Street, and from Bittersweet Road east to Main Street.

On occasion, the cleaning equipment will push air up through the plumbing fixtures inside residences. This could cause an unexpected discharge of water from residential service lines up through the drains and other outlets.

To prepare for these operations, the city is urging residents to:

¢ Flush all toilets;

¢ Close all lids on toilets;

¢ Cover toilets with an old towel or rag

If residents have floor drains, the city said in a news release, they may want to cover the drain with an object like an old paint can to prevent water from spraying up due to the pressure in the line.

Occasionally, after the maintenance has been completed, the cleaning operations will remove all water from the plumbing fixtures and traps, which may result in an odor emanating from the drains. If this happens, residents should simply run water in the drain to wash the odor away.

Questions about the project should be directed to the Wastewater Utility Department, which is open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The department can be reached at (913) 727-2206.

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