Trenchless Replacement Specialists perform a variety of services that help you diagnose and repair your pipes, specifically those in your sewage system. One of the ways we diagnose problems in your pipes is through a process called smoke testing. In this post, we’ll explain what it is, how it works, and how it can help you and your home.


There are some important steps to take to prepare your home for smoke testing. While we hope to identify pipe breaks and leakages throughout your yard, we do not want smoke getting into your home. To prevent this, we advise putting water or even light vegetable oil into plumbing fixtures that are not often used before we come out to test. This will prevent smoke or other related odors from coming up the pipes and into your home. 


Smoke testing is an effective way to find problems in your sewer system. Sewage backups can cause major damage and be pretty disgusting if the sewage backs up into your home. If you’ve experienced a backup of any kind, smoke testing may be necessary. The backups happen when sewer systems overflow, which can often be a result of unwanted sources of water flooding the system. A smoke test will identify areas where this could be happening.


Trenchless Replacement Specialists have the experts and equipment to perform a successful smoke test. That involves pumping safe, smoke-filled air through your sewage system, then seeing where the smoke exits.

There are areas where we want to see smoke during smoke testing. If smoke is coming from a vent on your roof, that means the home is properly tied to the sewer system. Issues that smoke testing will reveal include broken or damaged downspouts, clean-out caps, service laterals, crawl spaces, or sump pumps.

If smoke rises from any of these areas, it shows that the sewage line is not secure and may need to be repaired. Above ground, we document all the smoke that’s rising from the ground and mark it for repairs.


Smoke testing is something that should be left to the experts. The good news is that the process is fast and safe. If we do discover problems with your sewage lines, we can use our state-of-the-art trenchless repair process to replace the pipe, with minimal digging or damage to your home. To make an appointment for a consultation, give us a call today at 432-580-7693. No Mess. No Stress!