Leak Detection Methods: How it’s Done

At Charlie the Plumber, we locate and fix leaks every day. So today we thought we’d tell you a little bit more about the different leak detection methods used in the plumbing industry and how they can be used to detect leaks in your home.

Hydrogen Tracer Gas System

In this leak detection method, a plumber releases a hydrogen gas mix into the pipe where the suspected leak is located. Because hydrogen atoms are so small and light, they travel to the surface and can be detected by gas sensitive detection probes. The rising and falling concentrations of gas are then measured by the probes and used to pinpoint leaks along a pipe.

Acoustic Listening Technology

Factors such as water pressure, soil type and depth, surface cover and pipe construction, a leak will alter the frequency and volume of a leak’s sound. With acoustic listening technology, a plumber can trace the sounds of the leak and pinpoint the leak by finding where the sound is the loudest.

CCTV Camera Inspections

CCTV Camera Inspections are becoming very popular as they allow a plumber to inspect inside pipe systems without having to dig up pipes or cut through concrete. During this method, a plumber inserts a CCTV camera into your drain and lowers it into the pipes. This provides a visual of where the leak may be occurring and what may be causing it.

Thermal Imaging

Thermal imaging equipment allows a plumber to measure and detect the changes in surface temperature that are not visible to the naked eye. By identifying surface temperature changes a plumber can pinpoint leaks under concrete slabs, in walls, ceilings and behind tiled surfaces.

Need a leak detection specialist on the Gold Coast?

Charlie the Plumber specialises in leak detection for residential, commercial and industrial properties across the Gold Coast. We offer a range of leak dedication services, including CCTV camera inspections and other non-destructive methods. So, if you need help finding a leak, contact us today.

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