Smoke Testing / S.S.E.S Sanitary Sewer Evaluation

Smoke Testing / S.S.E.S Sanitary Sewer Evaluation

What is an S.S.E.S

S.S.E.S. (Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Survey) is a detailed report indicating the status of the pump station system (lift station) onsite your commercial / industrial property. This report has been issued most commonly in our experience, from Miami-Dade County. The sanitary sewer evaluation survey is intended to locate and correct excessive infiltration and inflow (I/I) into the sewer lines in your county. Excessive I/I flow causes sewer overflows which lead to public health threats and other unfortunate consequences.

Report shall include the following

System Type & Description • Facility Name • Location • Permit Number

Visual Inspection Findings • Smoke Test Results • System Repairs (if applicable) etc.

Pursuant to Chapter 24 of the Miami –Dade County Code, the Second Cycle for the SSES is due by November 12, 2012. The completion of this work will require that the sanitary sewer collection system be surveyed and / or tested to assure compliance with the Code.

A completed Second Cycle SSES report indicating the status of the system (lift station) and describing the actions implemented to bring the sanitary sewer system (lift station) into compliance shall be provided to DERM on or before November 12, 2012.

The submittal report shall follow the SSES guidelines for the Second Cycle. An early start on your part will help to ensure that you will meet the SSES requirement on time. The mentioned guidelines were updated and revised for the required Second Cycle SSES.

Pump Outs Unlimited is familiar with these Guidelines as they contained additional information and requirements that were not included in the previous cycle. For a copy of the Guidelines may be requested via email at

Please remember failing to submit the report by the due date of failing to follow these Guidelines may result in the disapproval of your report and being subject to enforcement actions.

Pump Outs Unlimited is committed to our customers to not only provide then with the very best price and service but also to keep them in compliance with all state, local and federal regulations. We will be pleased to prepare a formal proposal for your firm at your request based on the facilities at which you may need our services.

Thank you once again for your time and consideration. We look forward to having the opportunity to serve you

Pump Outs Unlimited regularly performs sewer system smoke testing throughout Miami-Dade county to help locate defects and improve the sanitary sewer services.

What Is Smoke Testing?

A smoke test forces non-toxic, artificially created smoke through waste and drain pipes under a slight pressure to find leaks. These plumes of smoke form where there are defects. This test can be performed when the plumbing is brand new, but more often it is used to find sewer gas leaks that may plague a building or an area.

Smoke testing only takes a few hours, and forces smoke filled air into the sanitary sewer system. The smoke is non-toxic, odorless, and fills the sewer line and only escapes to the surface if there are any defects in the sanitary sewer system that need repair. Smoke testing is normally done between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. and requires the ground be dry. Rain may delay scheduled testing.

Any sign of smoke escaping can be considered a possible site for sewer gas to escape. Sewer gas typically has a rotten egg smell and can contain methane gas, which is explosive, or hydrogen sulfide gas, which is deadly. By performing periodical smoke tests, we can assure ourselves that our environment is healthy and livable.

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