Non-invasive Leak Detection

Leak DetectionElementary, my dear Watson! Not all leaks are obvious. Sometimes all you've got is a high water bill and a nagging suspicion. Our technicians follow a multi-step diagnostic process to determine leak sources. Sometimes, the suspected source is nowhere near the mark. That’s why we meticulously test all possibilities and methodically work our way to a sound conclusion. We isolate the irrigation system, the pressurized plumbing, the sewer and drain lines.

The right tool for the right job. We also test appliances, fixtures, and structural sources (i.e., windows, doors, and roofs). Our tool kit includes thermal imaging cameras, ultrasonic listening devices, moisture meters, pipe-line locators, and pressure-testing equipment. Non-invasive leak detection demands thorough detective work, and that’s where we excel .


Slab Leaks & Water Pipe Leaks

We don’t want you to waste time and money on a leak detection if you don’t actually need one. So, before scheduling an appointment, take a look at this quick check-list.

1. Water Meter. If you have a water meter, the first thing to do is make sure nobody’s using the water. Next, take a look at the meter itself. You’ll see either a needle or a triangle. If it’s moving, you’ve got a leak.

2. Shut-off Valves. Your plumbing system should have two shut-off valves: one for the hot water and one for the cold water. The hot-water shut-off is at the hot water heater. The cold-water shut-off is located where the water enters the building/house. By shutting off each valve, one at a time, then checking the meter, you can determine a.) if your leak is inside and b.) if it’s on the hot-water or cold-water side.

3. Hot Spots on the Floor. You may find a very warm area on the floor, ranging in size from a few square feet to half a room. This indicates a break on the hot-water plumbing under the slab.

4. The Sound of Running Water. When water travels through pipes, it makes an audible noise. You’ve doubtless heard the water running when your toilet tank is filling. Commonly, you’ll hear a similar sound when a pipe is leaking.

So, you’ve determined that you most likely have a leak. Why call a leak detector? Why not just call a plumber to fix the problem? A trained leak detector can diagnose the entire system. We check all the plumbing fixtures and valves with an ultrasonic listening device, and we map out the entire plumbing system using a digital radio detection pipe-line locator. This ensures the highest level of accuracy when pinpointing your leak.

Forgoing a leak detection can lead to unnecessary damage: demolitioned floors, walls, and cabinetry, to name a few costly mistakes. A simple leak detection can save you money and limit damage to your property. Plumbers don’t have the expertise or the tools to locate leaks with precision. If you’ve got a heart condition you go to a specialist, not the family doctor. And If you’ve got a leak, you call a leak detector.

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