A leak in a sewer line can cause massive damage to your home or business. Unfortunately, many people don’t know how to find the source of a sewer leak. The fastest and most cost-effective way of detecting a sewer leak is using a liquid smoke solution and a smoke pump tester.
Liquid Solutions vs. Smoke Bombs
There are a few methods that can be used to uncover a leak in a plumbing line. They all involve the principle of forcing smoke through a line with some pressure behind it. The liquid solution is heated (to temperatures near 950 degrees) that causes a great deal of pressure and creates a nice dense smoke that makes leak detection much easier. The smoke rises through the surface at the source of the leak. A liquid smoke solution is the most effective and cleanest. Smoke bombs and candles typically leave a residue behind.
The liquid solution is pumped in through a motorized tester which snakes a powerful hose into the line, usually through a manhole cover. Two common designs involve a ripcord (like starting a lawnmower) or a powered motor. Both types incorporate mechanisms that seal in the liquid smoke and form a tight seal around the line, and many have mufflers to deaden excess sound.
Smoke pump testing using liquid smoke solution is not only effective and affordable, but it’s also very safe. The liquid smoke itself is nearly odorless and doesn’t leave a residue. It has been laboratory tested to show that it does not release harmful chemicals either.
It is important, however, to inform the public and relevant authorities before the testing is done. Some testers include PSA materials like signage templates for posting or news releases for media.
A smoke pump tester combined with a liquid smoke solution is effective, safe, and affordable. If you need to find the leak in your plumbing line, this method will get the job done and leave no trace after the fact.