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Check home sewer vents for ice

 

The Jamestown Fire Department is recommending residents check their homes’ sewer vent for ice buildup.

Toxic vapors and sewer gas can be a serious hazard when sewer vents become plugged with ice, the department said.

The smell of sewer gas in a residence is often the first indication of a problem, but homeowners should also make a visible check of their roof vents to make sure ice has not accumulated.  Another indication of ice buildup on a sewer vent may be that sinks and bathtubs do not drain properly.

The department said residents should also use care when clearing a frozen sewer vent on the roof as the job may involve a ladder and icy roof. It recommends teaming up with a neighbor or friend and work with a partner on the ground, and helping an elderly friend or neighbor with these simple tasks.

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