When you think in terms of testing for leaks, on the spur of the moment, it would only be human to be thinking of water and other liquid leaks. For the lay custodian of piping and sewerage installations, this is only natural. It is human to be thinking quickly along such lines. But slow down and you see that there is more that meets the eye. Of course, you never really see them because your piping installations will mainly be beneath the surface of the ground. If not that, they will also be lining the walls.
Piping installations behind the bricks, mortar, paint and plaster of walls is typically to be found in places like hospitals and factories. The infrastructure is fairly complex. Which means to say that even if you wanted to see what is happening behind the lines, you have no business doing so. Like the infrastructure, the work of inspecting, repairing and maintaining these installations is fairly complex and can only really be carried out by a qualified technician or engineer.
And among the tests and maintenance checks that will be run by these engineers will be the smoke test vacuum leak. Which means to say that maintenance inspectors are not only checking for water leaks, they’re testing for smoke escaping valves and its potential to create a fire hazard. The same technicians involved with this licensed testing work will also be involved in the design and installation of new piping, sewerage and gas lines. Pipe re-rounding work is also done by the technician.
And at the engineers’ base camp, both pre-built and custom parts and components are being built and prepared for distribution across the country. So, the next time you catch a whiff of smoke, it could just be that there has been a leak.