Smoke Testing Equipment

Smoke Testing for Hidden Leaks

Smoke Testing is a method used by Treasure Valley Plumbing and Drain Services that forces non-toxic, artificially created smoke through waste and drain pipes under slight pressure to find leaks. Plumes of smoke form where there are defects. This test can be performed when the plumbing is brand new, but more often it is used to find sewer gas leaks that may plague a building or an area. Any sign of smoke escaping can be considered a possible site for sewer gas to escape. 

Plumbing Smoke Tests are also used to find places where pipes will spill fluid and to check sewer systems for places where groundwater and storm runoff can enter. Smoke testing is particularly useful in places such as ventilated sanitary sewer systems, where completely sealing the system is not practical.

Why Perform a Smoke Test on Sewer Pipes?

  1. Find Sources of Odor - Anywhere a smell can go the smoke will go too.
  2. Cost Effective - Instead of taking hours or days to find the source and causes of odors, we can locate the sources in minutes.
  3. Find Plumbing Faults - Cracked or broken pipes, bad connections, improper venting, open pipes or fittings, etc., are easily located.
  4. Test New Plumbing - As your primary test, or as a secondary test to locate leaks, smoke testing is fast and easy.

Do you have a sewer odor and you can't locate the source? Contact Treasure Valley Plumbing and Drain Services. We'll bring out our Smoke Test machine and locate the source so it can be repaired correctly.

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