Do you suspect there is a defect or a leak in your sewer line? Don’t guess! Find out for sure if there is an issue with your line before the problem gets worse. Call Bryco Plumbing to schedule sewer smoke testing services at your property. This simple, cost-effective solution can determine if there’s a problem our team needs to fix. When you call to schedule an appointment in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles, CA areas, we will provide you with flat-rate pricing so there are no surprises on your bill later.
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What Is Sewer Smoke Testing?
If you suspect there is an issue with your sewer line, it’s important to have the problem diagnosed quickly before the damage becomes more extensive - putting your property and your health at risk. Smoke testing is a quick and easy way for professionals to determine if there is a defect in your sewer line.
A professional will inject artificially produced smoke into a section of blocked off pipeline and look to see where the smoke emerges. If your sewer line is functioning properly, then the smoke will appear from the manhole lids in the street and through the vents on your property’s roof. If there is an issue with the line, then the smoke will emerge from the defect -- even through cracks in the street.
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Benefits of Sewer Smoke Testing
When trying to detect an issue with your sewer line, there are many benefits to performing a smoke test. Some of the advantages include:
- It’s simple to conduct: Professionals can quickly blow non-toxic smoke into the sewer line and watch to see where it emerges to determine if there is an issue.
- Results are available quickly: Professionals can easily and quickly spot smoke escaping from areas along your sewer line that need repairs.
- It’s a cost-effective method: This can be a cost-effective option to detect an issue. It requires a small team of professionals and minimal equipment.
- It’s safe: When conducting this test, professionals use non-toxic, inflammable smoke. It rarely enters the property, but if it does, it will not cause any harm to pets, plants, furniture, or clothing.
Where to Expect Smoke to Appear During a Smoke Test
During a sewer smoke test, smoke will emerge from various locations along the sewer line. If the smoke comes out of a designated area - like a vent on your roof or a manhole cover - then it can signal the line is functioning normally. If it comes out of another location, then it can signal an issue at that place in the line. Some locations you might see smoke in these instances is in your yard or through cracks in the street.
If your plumbing is installed correctly and is functioning as expected, you should not get smoke in your home. If smoke does enter your property through an incorrectly installed sewer venting system, pipe, or sump pump, you can rest assured that the non-toxic smoke should not cause any harm to you, your family, your pets, plants, or furniture.