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What Is Hydrostatic Testing?

A hydrostatic test is the most effective method in determining if you have any leaks on the sewer system in your home. A hydrostatic test ensures that the sewer system is free from leaks and capable of withstanding the pressure it will encounter during normal use. These tests are crucial for identifying and addressing any potential weaknesses or defects in your system.

How Do I Know If I Need A Hydrostatic Test Performed?

  • If you find yourself having to call a plumber for frequent blockages or back ups, your sewer system may be compromised. A constant need for drain cleaning is often a prerequisite for a hydrostatic test. 
  • Hydrostatic testing is a common requirement when it comes to foundation repairs. Foundation companies will likely want the sewer system tested for leaks both before and after foundation repairs are completed. 
  • Hydrostatic tests are often requested for real estate transactions. They are a great way to ensure that the property sewer system is in satisfactory condition. 
  • Suspected Leaks or Water Damage: If you suspect that your plumbing system has a leak or you’ve noticed signs of water damage such as water stains, mold growth, or dampness, a hydrostatic test may be the first step to locating the issue. Please note we have trusted relationships with restoration companies in the event you do have water damage to your property.

What Happens To Cause A Hydrostatic Test To Be Needed?

  • Age of the home. Over time, your sewer piping can deteriorate, especially if it is an older home with cast iron piping. 
  • Tree roots are a frequent culprit in damaged sewer lines. In their constant search for water, they can penetrate weak spots in your system, or simply damage the line with the force of their growth. 
  • As mentioned before, foundational issues can cause plumbing lines to shift, crack, or separate.

How Is A Hydrostatic Test Performed?

  • The sewer system is put on test using water to gauge whether or not the system is in good standing. A test ball is inserted into the cleanouts, placing the system under pressure. If the water level drops, it is deemed that the system has a failure meaning there is a possible break or separation of some kind. 
  • It is important to note that there must be cleanout(s) on your property for this test to be performed.

What Is The Difference Between A Hydrostatic Test And A Pressure Test?

  • A hydrostatic test is used to test the integrity of your sewer system
  • A pressure test is used to test the integrity of your potable water system

So, whether you have active issues with your sewer system, or would simply like to ensure that it is functioning properly, call ABC Plumbing to schedule your appointment today! One of our licensed technicians will be glad to walk you through the process, and answer any questions you may have!

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