Static Tests & Broken Pipes: Is There a Link?

Static Tests & Broken Pipes: Is There a Link?


Today I’ll talk about a topic that I hear a lot from Realtors around town: Static testing and the false impression that it'll break your pipes.

At S&D Plumbing, we do a lot of leak detection for drain systems, with static testing being quite common. As a professional, it becomes frustrating when Realtors and customers tell me that they don’t want their drains tested because that will break the drain system. Today I’m here not to break your pipes, but rather to break up that myth.

If your drain system doesn’t already leak, then a static test is not going to break it. I’ll repeat: If you have a solid drain system that has no flaws, a static test will not create flaws. A static test consists of a simulation of a sewer stoppage that blocks off the exit of the pipe, filling it up with water, and then testing it for 30 minutes.

"If your drain system doesn’t already leak, then a static test is not going to break it."

A static test is designed to detect flaws in a drain system, so be sure to call a professional plumber to test your drains before buying a home—it could save you thousands of dollars down the road.

If you have any questions about static testing or about plumbing in general, feel free to reach out to me. I’d be glad to help.

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