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The Importance of Sewer Smoke Testing

Regularly smoke testing sewer systems is essential to locating and identifying leaks. A sewer smoke test is also an effective way to determine the source of stormwater infiltration problems. This helps to avoid any environmental or property damages that may occur when the city’s sewer system is overwhelmed by stormwater. When there is a flood due to heavy rain, water within the sewer system can overflow and flood homes and other structures.

How a Smoke Test Works

Sewer and water contractors blow a non-toxic smoke into manholes. The smoke is approved by the MSDSs Public Health Agency. It’s very important that the smoke be non-toxic because sometimes it can enter the homes of residents. As professionals blow the smoke into manholes using a blower, the smoke enters all the connected pipes in the sewer, which helps locate the source of pipe leaks, cracks, broken manholes, and more. Smoke testing can …