Plumbing Smoke Procedure
Plumbing leaks don’t have to be big or easy to see to cause problems. Small cracks and other defects can be impossible to spot with the naked eye. This is where a plumbing smoke test can be vital. A plumbing smoke procedure forces artificial smoke through the pipes. Plumes of smoke will emerge through the cracks and defects, alerting plumbers to the site of leaks.
A smoke test is also useful for detecting the source of sewage leaks. The plumbers begin by identifying the test area. This is usually where water flows into or out of the system when it rains, leaks or the presence of odors. They force smoke into the system and look for smoke coming into the home or out of the roof vent. This lets them know that the home is connected with the sewage system. The defects often include sump pumps, crawl spaces, or downspouts. Broken clean-out caps or service laterals can also be the source of the leak. Sometimes the sewage problem isn’t in the immediate area of the home. It can come from low-lying manholes or broken sewer lines on the public side of the system.
Our Efficient and Cost-Effective Smoke Test Procedure
We use the Power Smoker for safe and effective smoke testing. The Power Smoker forces safe, clean LiquiSmoke through plumbing and sewer systems. Some companies still use smoke bombs, which contain toxic ingredients. The Power Smoker doesn’t contain toxic compounds that put you and your family at risk.
Benefits of the Plumbing Smoke Procedure
Homeowners often overlook small leaks or postpone having them repaired. As long as their plumbing is working ‘well enough’, they don’t see any reason to invest in plumbing services. The problem is that small leaks grow; they don’t just go away on their own. They can also lead to bigger water losses than you might imagine. For example:
- Floor and Wall Damage – Water damage begins at the source of the leak and flows downward with gravity. A small leak in a pipe in your wall will flow down the wall and into the floor. A lot of damage can occur behind the wall before you see the first signs of a problem.
- Water Waste– A tiny leak might not seem significant. Consider that a dripping faucet can leak a gallon of water in four-and-a-half hours. That’s a total of 2,082 gallons of wasted water in one year. Imagine how much water is wasted from a small leak.
- Mold & Mildew – Mold and mildew thrive in moist areas. A water leak can cause the growth of mold and mildew that causes or irritates respiratory conditions.
A plumbing smoke test can identify cracks and defects while they are still minor. Once we identify the source, we can determine how to correct the problem right away. If you suspect you have a plumbing or sewage leak, contact us right away. We can save you a lot of frustration and money by stopping major problems before they happen.