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What Is Sewer System Smoke Testing?

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What Is Sewer System Smoke Testing?

The smoke testing method is used to identify a wide range of issues in sewer pipes and the sewage system. These tests are critical after heavy rainfall. Smoke testing is a cost-effective way to pinpoint sources of water infiltration, such as roof downspouts, yard drains, slab drains, faulty connections, and stormwater drainage systems. It can also detect leaks, breaches, cracks, and other defects in the system and identify unknown pipe sections and connections that violate local regulations.

This method is widely used as an efficient and cost-effective way to locate and address leaks and stormwater infiltration problems in the sanitary sewer system.

Smoke testing is used to identify potential problems within the entire sewer system. It helps detect sources of leaks or breaches in the sewer system. Regular testing is conducted to prevent environmental and property damage when a local sewage system is overwhelmed by rainwater. Smoke tests cover the entire sewer system, including the sewer main under the street and private sewer laterals connecting homes and businesses to the public sewer system.

How Does Smoke Testing Work?

A smoke test is a method that uses nontoxic smoke forced into access points. The smoke travels through pipes, detecting leaks, breaches, cracks, and other defects. It can also identify unknown pipe sections and connections that violate local regulations. During the test, smoke may appear from various places.

What Happens After a Smoke Test?

A report, including photos of the smoke patterns, documents any deficiencies in the pipe system. The homeowner is responsible for addressing these issues and will receive an explanation and a deadline. Addressing these issues may involve simple repairs, such as disconnecting downspouts from the sewer lateral and replacing a missing or broken pipe cleanout cap. However, more challenging mitigation may also be necessary for issues such as cracked sewer laterals, tree root problems, and rerouting damage from storm lines. Professional assistance is typically required for these types of problems.

Common issues often necessitate simple repairs, such as disconnecting downspouts from the sewer lateral and replacing a missing or broken lateral cleanout cap. However, more challenging mitigation may also be necessary for issues such as cracked sewer laterals, tree root problems, and rerouting damage from storm lines. In such cases, professional assistance is readily available. Our team at Restore Pipe System is equipped and experienced in handling these issues, providing video inspection and trenchless sewer repair services. You can rest assured that we are here to help you navigate through any complex issues that may arise.

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