In many cases, although it may be clear that a pipe is leaking (for example, there is reduced pressure at the pipe outlet, or an unexplained rise in water bill costs), it may not be immediately obvious where the leak is coming from. Luckily, modern equipment and methods mean that it’s possible to accurately locate the source of the problem without needing to dig up pipes or cause similar disruption. Advances in technology allow leaks to be pin-pointed, no matter where they are or what material the pipe is carrying.
Wide range of methods for water leak detection Adelaide-wide
When it comes to leak detection, there are a number of different methods that can be employed, depending on the type of pipe work, the location and various other factors:
Acoustic leak detection – this involves listening for the leak! When a leakage occurs, a vibration is set up at the source of the leak, which vibrates outwards along the pipe as a sound wave. Using specialist equipment, we can pick up the sound. Depending on the strength and frequency, it’s possible to identify where the leak is.
Thermal imaging – In many instances, the temperature inside the pipe is different to that outside the pipe. A leak causes a change in the temperature at that point. This is particularly marked when dealing with a hot water pipe or similar. Infra-red or thermal imaging can be used to identify where the leak might be, as the temperature change can be picked up and shown visually.
Tracer gas – often the best method of spotting the location of leaks in oil pipes or in industrial complexes, there are a number of different tracer gasses which can be used, depending on the situation. There are tracer methods which can be used with hazardous solutions as well as options which are completely non-toxic, making them appropriate for applications where drinking water and/or foodstuffs are involved.
Leak correlators – these works by the application of sensors to the pipe, which pick up the noise of the leak. An algorithm interprets the results in order to determine where the leak might be. Leak correlators are suitable for use in many branches of industry.