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Parry Sound’s sewer flushing/cleaning underway

A contractor hired by the town will be flushing and cleaning Parry Sound’s sanitary sewers starting Thursday (Oct. 6th). 

The work, which continues for a few weeks, will not affect most homeowners or cause any disruption to service, according to a memo sent by Parry Sound Town staff. However, officials say there is a possibility that small spills, noise and odours may result.

The sewer cleaning process uses a high-pressure jet to scour the pipes and when it passes by a home’s connection to the sewer, it creates a pressure wave. This wave has the ability to push out or pull in the water and air held inside plumbing and traps, including toilets, showers, sinks, and floor drains. This usually only occurs in homes that have sewer lateral deficiencies and/or inadequate ventilation.

As a precaution, or if your house has been affected by this type of work before, the town advises you to keep toilet lids closed during times when they are not being used and flush after every use and place old towels or rubber mats over the basement floor drains.

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The memo also says to prevent odours, consider pouring two litres of water into infrequently used plumbing fixtures to ensure the trap is full, ideally before and after the work takes place. Water spilled is a result of water stored in the trap and can be cleaned up with a paper towel.

Officials say every effort will be made to minimize any inconveniences during this process, and for any questions, you can call the Town Office at 705-746-2101.

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