While some leaks are quite obvious, such as a hissing sound in your bathroom, or water pooling around the tap, some leaks are more difficult to locate. When it comes to the ‘hidden’ leaks, it takes more than the naked eye (or ear!) to detect.
Once upon a time, an underground or hidden leak would require damaging and extensive digging to locate. You’d be prepared to say goodbye to your beautiful garden bed or concrete driveway. In the early 1970’s, electronic detection was pretty much non-existent. More often, you’d rely on a stethoscope (yes, like a doctor!), a good ear, and still plenty of digging. Nowadays, with technological advances and state of the art equipment, leak detection has become more precise with less damage to your property.
Here at Leak Spotters, our expert technicians use very sensitive listening devices placed on the ground to listen for possible leaks. This is done by listening to noise from the vibrations caused by the leak in a pressurised pipe. The vibration travels through the pipeline and our experienced technicians can then localise the area of the leak based on this vibration noise emitted from underground, minimising any unnecessary excavation or digging.
Sometimes compressed air is used to locate the source of the leak by listening to bubbles tracking through underground pipework. Regardless of whether the pipes are copper, galvanised, or plastic, the compressed gas will cause the water in the pipe to make enough noise to be heard. Bubbles also rise onto the surface where you’d see wet patches or a swamp, as the air will not migrate underground as water does.
If you suspect that there is a leak at your property, whether it be an unusually large water bill, or a soft patch in your lawn, you need not to worry about guessing where to dig! Leak Spotters are specialists in leak detection, our technicians are highly skilled in listening and identifying the noises which correlate to distance and location of the leak, saving you the financial and emotional stress of having to cause havoc around your property.
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