In the pipeline - Information Blog #1 - The uses of Leak Detection equipment

September 02 2013

Finding water leaks and burst water pipes can prove challenging and costly at the very least. Being skilled in the use of specialist leak detection equipment is crucial to finding the exact source of the water ingress.

 

Many plumbing contractors make big guesses, which result in poor outcomes such as numerous holes in walls or ceilings and the end result can be devastating for property owners and residents both emotionally and financially.

 

The utilisation of specialist investigative tools allows you to confirm or eliminate your suspicions. Thermal imaging equipment is used to assist with tracing the course of water pipes, finding hot or cold areas in walls or ceilings (especially handy with concrete or masonry areas) and showing up areas of water ingress that cannot be seen with the naked eye. The heat generated by a hot water pipe can be seen easily and if there is a leak coming out of this hot water pipe the area of the wall becomes hot and the thermal imaging camera picks up this heat differential.

 

Once our suspicions are confirmed, we will generally use other equipment to confirm the exact spot where the burst water pipe is occurring. Other leak detection specialist equipment commonly used include sensitive digital moisture meters, acoustic magnification equipment and infrared technology, all of which form our Leak Detection Package.

 

CASE STUDY:

Webb Plumbing Services were recently contacted by an insurance loss adjusting company and briefed on a water ingress problem in a large property in suburban Brighton.

 

The owner of this property had previously engaged several plumbers in relation to a wet wall in a room adjoining her bathroom. Each of these plumbers had suggested invasive techniques as they did not have specialist leak detection skills as a first option (knocking holes in the walls) and had not considered any planned leak detection methods.

 Our in-house leak detection specialist attended the property and received a verbal brief from the client. Our specialist’s first move was to visually inspect the damp wall and adjoining rooms and confirm that the leak was still active, this was done using a digital moisture content meter. He then pressure tested the water pipes and confirmed a leak on the hot water line.

Using thermal imaging equipment, he was able to trace the course of the hot water pipe through the bathroom wall and located an area of high temperature (where suspected burst was located). Acoustic magnification equipment was then used to confirm the exact position of the burst water pipe.

 

This was quickly followed up by a written/thermal imaging report and a plan on how to carry out the water pipe repair. Webb Plumbing Services were engaged after the initial leak detection work to carry out the repair and restoration.

 

OUTCOME:

-All the works were carried out with rapid and reliable response

-Leak detection works were completed within 24 hours of work order

-Water pipe repair was completed within the next 24 hours

-Restoration of resultant and exploratory damage was completed within seven days

-Resident was very happy and the insurance loss adjuster had another satisfied client

-The client referred us to a friend with a similar leak detection in St Kilda

 

Webb Plumbing Services were able to carry out this work efficiently and at short notice due to the flexibility of having an in-house leak detection specialist, skilled maintenance plumbers and an experienced restoration tradesman.


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