Sewer lines never have a pleasant smell. However, if you do detect a sulfur smell from your drain line at your business and cannot find the source of the sewer gas, you may have a more serious problem that needs immediate attention.
Action Plumbing has decades of experience in locating the source of a sewage gas leak. Trained to use the latest technology, our sewer odor detection professionals will quickly identify the source and make an informed decision on what the next steps should be for the safety of your commercial property.
What is Sewer Smoke Testing?
Smoke is introduced into the drainage system with the aid of a smoke blower. The smoke under pressure will fill the sewer, drain, vent pipes, and any connections; then follow the path of the leak, revealing the source of the problem instantaneously.
When smoke testing sewer lines, only enough force to overcome atmospheric pressure is required and will not cause any damage to your pipes. Smoke will escape from the drainage system at any point where there is an opening or break in the line.
The smoke used is non-toxic, harmless, non-flammable, and is virtually odorless. As long as an opening exists for the smoke to flow through, smoke tests are effective, regardless of surface type, soil type, and depth of lines.
The Benefits of Smoke Testing
Smoke testing is the most efficient method to find and identify any issues you make be experiencing with your sewage system. First, smoke testing your drainage system eliminates hours of guesswork from our professionals. Without a smoke test, you can repair multiple seals or pipes overlooking the true source of the problem.
Second, by using harmless smoke to locate the source of the leak, you can avoid costly excavation services that could damage the environment and still not find the source of the problem.
Common Causes of Sewer Odors
What causes sewer odors to occur in the first place? There are a few causes for unpleasant sewer odors, such as:
- Damaged lines: Sometimes, the pipe between the sewer trap and drain that carries any waste out from your property can become damaged, causing an unpleasant odor.
- Dry trap: If you do not use the line very often, the drain line could become dry and break the trap seal.
- Broken vent: If a vent isn’t working properly, the sewer gas will leak into your building as opposed to above it as it should.
What if the Smoke Enters the Property?
First, you shouldn’t worry about the smoke itself. It is not toxic. However, if smoke should enter your commercial property during the test, this may be an indication there are issues with your plumbing. You should let the smoke testing professionals know as soon as possible so we can locate where the problem is coming from.
Action Plumbing’s Sewer Odor Detection Services
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