Commonly Asked Questions of a Sewer Smoke Test

When you’re having problems with a sewer, a smoke test is a common way to learn about breaks and cracks. Before you decide to use this method, there may be some questions you have about the procedure.

 

Is it safe?

Smoke testing is considered a safe and efficient way to learn about the breaks and cracks that could be allowing rainwater into the sewer system. The smoke is manufactured for this test. It is not “smoke” in the traditional sense. Instead, it is a visible mist that won’t harm children or pets.

Will the smoke enter homes?

It is possible that smoke will enter homes, but it does not leave behind any residue. If a home’s plumbing and sewer smoke test is in good condition, then there will be no smoke. It is common to see smoke coming out of manhole covers, building foundations, and roof vents. The crew performing …