How long does smoke testing take?
Not long. It is over without most homeowners knowing it ever took place. On average individual locations take 15-minutes to 45-minutes. The total duration for small-scale testing can take several days. A citywide project can take 60 to 180 days.
Do I or someone needs to be home for testing?
No. No one needs to be home.
Do I need to prepare for the upcoming smoke testing?
No. However, we recommend running water for toilets, sinks, tubs, and showers for a few seconds.
Is smoke testing safe for people, pets, and plants?
Yes. The smoke used is non-toxic, non-staining, and odorless.
What happens if smoke enters my home or business?
Should smoke enter your home or business, it will come from a plumbing fixture (toilets, sinks, tubs, showers, etc.).
The smoke takes about five to ten minutes to dissipate. During testing, smoke should not enter a home. However, if it does, this means the homeowner may have a potential plumbing problem on their property.
The City recommends the homeowner call a plumber at their convenience. Repairs made by the City will only occur in the public right-of-way.
Who do I contact for questions before, during, or after smoke testing?
Don't hesitate to get in touch with the City's Wastewater Division by phone at 407.246.2213, and a wastewater professional will assist you.
Has the City ever used smoke testing like this before?
Yes. The City's Public Works Department conducts an in-house test like this on a smaller scale.
Why is this method chosen to inspect the City's sewer system?
Smoke testing is cost-effective and efficient when identifying potential concerns in our sewer systems.
If we were to use an alternate method like TV inspection, it could take months, maybe even years, to complete such a task. In addition to an increase in duration, the City would also increase costs.
What are the industry standards for smoke testing?
Smoke testing is used extensively by utilities throughout the US to pinpoint problem areas. It is a quick and easy way to find potential areas of concern. Other cities in Florida also use smoke testing.