Smoke Testing for Storm and Sanitary Sewer Systems

Sewer Smoke Testing

Smoke testing is a common practice that can aid your development or municipality with asset management by providing information on inflow and infiltration in your sanitary sewers.

With sewer smoke testing of your sewer systems, you’ll be able to easily and cost effectively identify issues before more costly measures are required.

About Smoke Testing

Sewer smoke testing is a sewer inspection service that consists of blowing a harmless coloured vapour into the sewer manholes and pipes and observing where the smoke exits from the system. The smoke is expected to exit primarily out of manholes on the street and the sewer plumbing stack at the top of your house. It is also possible for smoke to exit stormwater catch basins and roof downspouts at the side of a house. The smoke used in the test has no odour, isn’t harmful to your health, and will disappear after a few minutes.

This quickly and accurately helps you identify any issues in your storm sewer system before a heavy water overflow can hit and cause potentially massive amounts of damage.

If no defects exist in your sanitary sewer system, then the smoke will naturally disperse through the existing manholes.

Municipal Sewer Inspection

Why Is Sewer Smoke Testing Done?

Inflow & Infiltration

Sanitary sewers are pipes that are found underground that collect the wastewater produced by homes, businesses, and industries and direct it to a treatment plant.

The purpose of the smoke testing is to make sure the sanitary sewer is working at its best. Smoke testing is a simple, cost effective, and quick method of testing the sanitary sewer system, it can locate where rainwater or groundwater is entering the system.

It will also identify illegal connections and cross connections in the pipeline.

Civica’s Proven Sewer Smoke Testing Services

Civica takes pride in performing all field inspections in-house so we can ensure quality data is obtained and ready for our clients (which is often our consulting teams) to use immediately.

We combine years of experience with proven best practices and leading technology to deliver accurate results when conducting a smoke test of your sewers. 

We will swiftly identify issues in your sewers and work with you to solve them, ensuring that you avoid costly and potentially dangerous headaches down the line.

Get in Touch to Learn More about Our Sewer Inspection Services

Civica is an industry leader in wastewater and stormwater management consulting services. We provide guidance and actionable solutions to local and regional municipalities, conservation authorities, provincial government agencies, land developers, and other civil engineering consulting firms to address various issues associated with collection systems and drainage capacity management.

We use the latest in sewer inspection and cleaning technology to ensure your pipes are in top shape. With us, you’ll have access to:

Get in touch with us today to learn more about our smoke testing services in Toronto and the GTA.

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