Plumbing smoke testing can be done when you have reason to believe you have a leak, as part of an annual inspection, or after plumbing installation.
Finding a leak in a pipe that has water running through it is fairly straightforward because you’ll see the water seeping out where there is a breach. When it is a dry pipe, there is another method that is used that helps a plumber locate the problem. Plumbing smoke testing is a technique that we use at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Southern Pines to help us locate leaks and other issues. Through the use of artificial smoke, we can detect where the defect is located.
Plumbing smoke testing uses a slightly pressurized, non-toxic, artificial smoke for situations where a leak is suspected. It is safe to use in drain situations as it will not interact with sewer gases preventing the potential for an explosion. It might be surprising that even with the many advancements in the plumbing industry, that this long-utilized method for leak detection is still the most widely used for its reliable results. Not only is it the most efficient option, but also the most cost-effective.
Plumbing smoke testing can be done when you have reason to believe you have a leak or as part of an annual inspection to ensure there aren’t any problems that have gone undetected. It can also be used after new installations to ensure they have been done properly.
It is important to note that although plumbing smoke testing is a relatively simple process, there are reasons why you should leave it to us. First of all, we are in the position to resolve any plumbing issues that are discovered. It is also important that it be done properly to avoid causing anyone discomfort from the smoke itself. Despite it being harmless, it can cause concern if someone isn’t expecting smoke to be coming out in strange places.
If you would like to know more about our plumbing smoke testing or would like to schedule this service at your Southern Pines, North Carolina property, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.