Water Leak Detection
WATER LEAK DETECTION
Water leaks can be slow killers, and leaks are also one of the most frustrating and inconvenient problems in your home. There are few things more destructive to a home than a water leak that has gone unnoticed for a long time. If left alone and unchecked, a leak can ruin floors and walls, pose a risk to the structural integrity of a building, and cause health concerns due to the formation of mold and mildew. On top of all that, the price you must pay in terms of repairs and utility costs can be extraordinarily high.
Common types of plumbing leak problems include:
Water service line leaks
Pipe leaks (under a concrete slab)
Well line leaks
But before calling a plumber, the first thing to do is to shut off the isolation valve to stop the water until a professional plumber arrives. This will help prevent any additional water damage to your property.
Calling professional plumbers is always recommended for serious plumbing issues, as these types of problems can cause more damage if not handled properly, and can be costly to repair if made worse.
However, you can keep an eye out for these telltale signs of water leaks in your home:
Warm spots on the floor
A sudden spike in your water bill
Dripping faucet despite no taps in use
Mildew or mold growth in unexpected areas
Damaged floors, walls, paint, or wallpapers
Stains on the ceiling
Water meter continues to run when no faucets are on
While these may not all point directly to a leak, they are strong signs that something is wrong with your plumbing system. We recommend having a reliable plumber inspect your pipes and identify the problem to help prevent the leak from creating further damage.
Why We Recommend Getting Leaks Fixed ASAP
Don’t think a little dripping won’t do any harm. A leaking pipe is not the same as a leaking faucet. Hidden water leaks can create severe damage in your home — and your wallet.
Leaks that result in burst pipes can flood your home
Growth of mold and mildew can affect your family’s health
Sewer line leaks can damage the integrity of your home’s foundation
Wastewater can pool around your yard and create unsanitary conditions
A tremendous amount of water is wasted, leading to higher water bills
If you suspect a leak behind your walls or underneath your home, it’s time to call your Scout Plumbing plumbers for the job.
Techniques Used for Water Leak Detection
Several methods can be used for detecting, locating, and fixing water leaks. To repair a damaged pipe, we use various technologies and methods for leak detection:
Acoustic leak detectors – Locating leaks by sound? Acoustic technology is a more accurate method of pinpointing leaks. Sensors capture any sound within the pipes. It locates the leak wherever the noise is loudest.
Infrared cameras – This helps identify water movement and determine the water temperature. While infrared technology will not pinpoint the exact location of a leak, it is an effective companion to other equipment such as acoustic leak detectors.
Gas tracers – This method is used when acoustic equipment cannot detect the leak (often because of an extensive and deep pipe or in areas with loud background noise such as industrial sites). First, a mix of hydrogen and nitrogen is fed into the pipe; then, a special sensor traces the gas as it escapes out of the leak. The gas is non-toxic and poses no harm to your potable water system.
Water Leak Detection and Repair
It’s important to make sure you hire a professional plumber to take care of any leaks at your home, particularly if they are slab leaks. Water leak detection involves various procedures and the use of professional equipment to find the source of the leak, which can be notoriously difficult to do.