What is the benefit to my city for performing a Smoke Test?
The Sewer Division has performed hundreds of sewer system evaluations. Smoke Testing is one technique utilized to identify sections of sewers which may exhibit inflow during heavy rainfall.
Smoke Testing is best used to detect inflow sources such as:
- Roof Leaders
- Cellar
- Yard and Area Drains
- Foundation Drains
- Abandoned Building Sewers
- Faulty Connections
- Illegal Connections
- Storm Water Drainage System Cross Connections

It can also detect structural damages and leaking joints in sewer pipes and overflow points in sewer systems.

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1. What is the benefit to my city for performing a Smoke Test?
2. What exactly is a Smoke Test?
3. How will my residents know when Smoke Testing will be performed in their neighborhoods?
4. How are Sewer Division crews recognizable in the field?
5. Is the smoke that you use hazardous?
6. Do my city's residents have to do anything to prepare their homes for Smoke Testing?
7. What if smoke comes out of a resident's yard or driveway?
8. If there is smoke in the resident's yard, does that mean the cause of the leak needs to be dug up?
9. Does the resident need to be home when the Smoke Testing is performed?
10. What if a test yields no smoke defects?