Notice to Millburn Residents: Smoke Testing of Sanitary Sewers


MILLBURN, NJ - During the next few days the Township of Millburn, through its consultant Savin Engineers, P.C., will conduct smoke testing of the sanitary sewer system in your area. This smoke testing involves blowing smoke into the sewer lines. The smoke will reveal places where storm and other surface waters are entering the sanitary system in your area. During this testing, gray smoke may exit through vent pipes on roofs of homes and through sewer line breaks.

This smoke is NON-TOXIC, LEAVES NO RESIDUE AND CREATES NO FIRE HAZARD. This smoke is manufactured for this purpose. It is gray in color, leaves no residue or stains, and has no effects on plant and animal life. The smoke has a distinctive but not unpleasant odor. Visibility and odor last only a few minutes where there is adequate ventilation. If you suffer from any lung or respiratory ailments, please contact us at the number below for special service.

Because the plumbing appliances in your house or building are connected to the sanitary sewer system, some of the smoke may enter your house if:

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the vents connected to your building's sewer pipes are inadequate, defective or improperly installed.

the traps under sinks, tubs, basins, showers and other drains are dry, defective, improperly installed or missing.

the pipes, connections, and seals of wastewater drain systems in and under your building are damaged, defective, have plugs missing or are improperly installed.

If you have seldom-used drains, please pour a gallon of water in the drain to fill the drain trap. This procedure will help prevent the possibility of smoke entering your living areas through those drains.

All residents are advised that if traces of this smoke or odor enter your house or building, it is an indication that gases and odors from the sewer may also enter. Correction of the source of smoke that enters your house is urgently advised. If you observe smoke in your home, ventilate the room and immediately call it to the attention of the testing crew in the area. If they can't be found, or if you have any additional questions concerning this work, please call Jim Morrissey of Savin Engineers at (914) 769-3200, ext. 225, or Martha Callahan, P.E. of the Township of Millburn at (973) 564-7052.

Beginning on May 22, 2017 the following streets will be part of the designated areas where the smoke testing will be conducted. The attached notice will also be delivered to each property owner within the designated areas below:

West Rd. 

Hobart Gap Rd 



South Terrace

Old Hollow

Farley Rd



Cross Gates



Glen Ave

Cape Ct



Rawley Pl

Taylor St

Main St 

Chatham Rd









Stony La




Pine Terr E & W

Short Hills Ave

Winding Way


Ridge Terr






Taylor Rd. South

Forest Dr South

Lupine Way

Dogwood Dr.


North Rd


Twin Oak




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