All About Smoke Testing
When there may be possible leaks in the water inflow or infiltration system, one of the easiest and best ways to test where the leaks may be coming from is by using a smoke test. It is crucial that these leaks be found because the entire wastewater treatment system may be at risk. If there are undiagnosed leaks the efficiency of the treatment plant and this, in turn, can cause a huge increase in operating costs. There are examples of when a smoke pump tester is in serious need, such as:
1. Failure to do so may result in the pump station having to process unnecessary load of water. This not only can be costly on pumping costs but adds additional wear and tear on the pumps themselves which can easily be avoided.
2. The hydraulics may become overloaded. When this happens the system will suffer from great inefficiency. Inefficient pumps are one of the greatest threats to the workings of a hydraulic pump station.
3. Very often, if there are system leaks that have not been found via the process of smoke testing there can be water being processed that does not actually need processing such as groundwater and stormwater. These do not typically require processing as they are not meant to be consumed in the first place.
4. Increases in inappropriate collection residue will most assuredly occur if a smoke test system has not happened. This is why it is so necessary to be able to see where the problems lie.
As you can see, there are some definite hazards to NOT running the collection system as recommended. This is why the smoke test is so important and why it is a highly recommended aspect of operating a pump water system for any area of a region.