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Starting Monday, Aug. 7, the Zionsville Wastewater Department will begin a sewer line cleaning project in the Cedar Bend area. Subdivisions included are: Cedar Bend, Smith Meadows, Oakridge and Buttondown Farm. The sewer cleaning is a long-term, precautionary maintenance need to prevent backups and to be proactive. It will also help identify any sewer lines in need of repair or replacement for future rehabilitation efforts.
The sewer cleaning work will take place Monday – Friday from approximately 8 a.m. – noon, with televising work being done from approximately 1 – 3 p.m., weather dependent. If other priority or emergency work comes up, the cleaning could be slightly delayed.
As part of the sewer cleaning, the Department will utilize a camera that moves through the sewers on a robotic crawler. This camera will inspect the inside of the sewers to check on pipe conditions such as cracks, roots or places where the pipe might be ready to fail.
As a precaution, homeowners in the affected subdivisions should close all toilet lids prior to leaving their homes for the day. If homeowners smell sewer gas and live in the area of this cleaning, run water in all sinks for approximately five minutes and add approximately one gallon of water to any floor drains. That will provide the barrier to prevent gas from coming back into the house.
Because the condition of the sewers is uncertain, a completion date has not been set. For updated information, homeowners should check the homepage of the Town website under “Town News.” For questions or concerns, please first check the website and secondly call the Zionsville Wastewater Department at 873-2332.