It’s pretty easy to take things for granted in our homes. Sewage is one of those things. Out of sight, out of mind, wastewater flushes from our homes and travels a network of sewage lines to be treated at the appropriate facilities.
That network of underground pipes, however, isn’t invincible and if wastewater is escaping those pipes, it’s important that those weak spots are quickly repaired. We don’t have to tell you that sewage leaks are both unpleasant and unsanitary.
The thing is, accessing a network of underground sewage lines isn’t particularly easy because they’re miles long and feet beneath the earth. This is where smoke testing comes into play. Before sewer line repairs can be made, the faulty portions must be identified. Smoke testing does exactly that.
For a section of pipe to undergo smoke testing, the process is relatively straight forward. The section being tested is blocked off, then artificially produced smoke is forced into the section of pipe. If the pipe section has no problems, the smoke will exit from manholes along the way and the appropriate residential exhaust systems. If sections of the pipe are damaged, smoke will leak from those damaged areas. Basically, it creates a smoke signal that says here are the broken spots.
Smoke testing is popularly used in routine sewer line inspections. The process itself takes approximately one hour. Once the damaged parts of the pipe are identified, the teams can quickly repair the leaks. The process is quick and could save your home from leaks that become increasingly problematic over time. If you suspect sewer line leakage, it’s important to get tests and repairs done as soon as possible.
It’s also important to note that if smoke from the test enters your home, this means that sewer gases from those leaks can also enter your home. These leaks, while rare enough, are dangerous and vital to have quickly remedied. The smoke used is harmless, but extremely deft at identifying potentially harmful leakage.
From burst pipes to sewer gas leaks, the professionals at Trenchless Replacement Specialists are here to help. If you have questions, concerns, or need your own residential repairs identified and done, contact us today.