Using our up-to-date Thermal Imaging technology a leak can be located on a burst pipe behind obstacles with minimum disruption and no damage to your property.
However once we have located the leak we are then able to access it which may require cutting into floors, plaster board and with central heating leaks accessing the area in the floor that has the leak.
We call this Trace and Access.
Our Leak Detection engineers use more than one method of leak detection to confirm and accurately locate your leak. Often with leak detection it comes down to a process of elimination.
Thermal imaging cameras are used to find hidden leaks under floors, behind walls and are an essential part of our engineers’ tool kit.
Thermal imaging cameras
Thermal imaging cameras record light as heat and can show this in a picture. The Infrared energy (thermal) is a light we can’t see but we can sense as heat. Thermal imaging cameras identify very small differences in temperature on the surface of different materials, highlighting the warmer and the colder surface areas providing evidence of where the leak is originating.
Our engineers have many years of experience in detecting leaks and use their knowledge to analyse thermal imaging results against their other findings.
Thermal imaging cameras can look at large areas quickly compared to other types of leak detection methods and can see major losses of heat or potential damp problems on the exterior of your property.
Water Leak Detection Using Ground Microphones
When a pressurised water pipe leaks the water flows out which causes the pipe and surrounding material (mud, concrete tarmac) to vibrate. This sound, or vibration, is transmitted along the pipe, (structure borne water leak noise) and through the surrounding material (ground borne water leak noise).
Water Leak Detection using Tracer Gas
If a water pipe is not under pressure or the noise from the leak cannot easily be heard then Tracer gas can be a very useful technique to locate water leaks in: Customer Supply Pipes, Underwater Heating Systems, Boilers, Central Heating Systems, and Mains Distribution Networks.
The Tracer gas is introduced into the pipe with the leak from a cylinder of gas. The tracer gas used to find water leaks is a mixture of hydrogen (5%) and nitrogen(95%) making it completely safe to use in drinking water supplies being both nontoxic and non-corrosive. The tracer gas contains hydrogen, which is the lightest and smallest molecule in the atmosphere, which will exit at the leak point and make its way to the surface where it is detected by the highly sensitive Variotec 460 gas detector
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