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Smoke Tests

Commercial Plumbing Smoke Testing in Far North Dallas

Smelling sewer gas in your business can be an unsettling experience, especially if you cannot determine the cause or pinpoint the source. If this sounds like your situation, call us for an initial inspection and allow our experts to determine if a smoke test is the next best option. Often, we can find and correct the issue without performing a smoke test. But if we cannot find the root cause of this annoying and noxious smell, then a smoke test of your sewer lines might be in order. Because of the logistical requirements, smoke tests are usually a last resort, BUT they don’t lie! Using safe, non-toxic smoke, we can detect and locate leaks on any commercial property.

Our licensed plumbers have extensive experience performing smoke tests and other diagnostic methods for determining the source of sewer gas odors and other plumbing problems. We’ll work around your schedule to minimize disruptions to your daily operations and get you back to business fast. Contact us today to tell us about your issue and schedule a service call!

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If you’re a business owner in Far North Dallas give us a call today.

The Earl’s Difference: We’re Always on Your Side

Smoke tests are an effective way to isolate leaks and other vulnerabilities in your plumbing system. That said, they are typically a last-resort option. We’ll make sure to investigate every other possible source of foul odors in your business first to save you time and money on any unnecessary testing methods.

We’ll perform a thorough investigation and listen to your concerns to ensure that we start our diagnostic process in the right place. We’ll begin by checking toilet seals, floor sink and floor drain P-traps, and other common culprits of sewer gas smells before jumping into a smoke test. We work from a foundation of honesty and integrity—which means we start with the simplest, most affordable options and move forward only as necessary.

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Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions

Smoke tests are a valuable tool for finding and pinpointing sewer line breaks and other difficult-to-spot leaks. If you have questions or concerns, we’re here to put your mind at ease.

If there are any breaks or leaks in the system, we’ll see the white smoke coming out and know precisely where it is coming from.

We don’t have to worry about stopping up sinks or toilets because the water in the P-trap is heavier than the smoke substance. That means it won’t seep through unless there is a bad connection, a dried-out P-trap, or a break in the line.

However, a more accurate description would be vapor. The substance is safe for both commercial and residential use.

That’s why we usually won’t start with a smoke test—we’ll only use it after we rule out other causes or normal testing methods fail to find the source of a break.

Possible reasons for sewer gas smell include:

  • Bad seals on toilets (likely if you only smell sewer gas in one bathroom)
  • Dried out P-traps on floor sinks or floor drains that no longer keep a trapped seal
  • Clogged drains
  • Blocked air vents

In commercial situations, sewer pipes can easily be punctured by nails, even by hanging pictures. We often see issues in multi-tenant situations where one suite is doing renovations and accidentally damages a shared sewer pipe. Whatever the cause, our team has the expertise and tools to get to the bottom of it.

That said, we will perform smoke tests in family homes if other sewer line break location and testing methods fail.

See What Frisco is Saying About Our Commercial Drain & Sewer Services

“We have been customers for about 4 years. The plumbers have replaced our water heater to a tankless variety, fixed a valve in our shower, replaced a failing toilet ring and replaced an outside spigot. Each interaction has been with well qualified, polite, and efficient employees. Grateful to have their number in my contacts!”

Susan B.

“The service was outstanding! The two young gentlemen were prompt, very knowledgeable, courteous and did an outstanding job! They repaired our toilet and even noticed that the shutoff valve needed to be replaced. They explained exactly what they were doing and why. My wife and I were both very pleased and we definitely will use Earl’s Plumbing and recommend them to others. What started out as a bad experience turned out to be a pleasant experience. Thanks so much!”

James T.

“The guys were very honest and looked out for my best interest. I had a leak in my pipe to my outside hose faucet. Another company quoted me over $5000 to fix the leak through some complicated unnecessary process digging under my foundation. Earl’s crew found a solution for me to cap the line which was not even offered by the other company. Needless to say it cost $315. This is the 4th time I have used Earl’s plumbing and they never disappoint. The only reason I called the other company was because Earl’s was closed and I was desperate. So glad I waited for the only plumbing service I will ever use. Thanks for making a stressful situation easier I highly recommend Earl’s plumbing.”

Sal E.
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Trust Earl’s Plumbing for Your Commercial Plumbing Needs

If you smell sewer gas on your commercial property, trust the team with the expertise to find the right solution the first time. With our broad range of sewer line break testing and location services, including smoke testing, we have the capability to repair even the most complex commercial sewer systems. Call today or contact us online to schedule your service call.

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