Domestic Leak Detection

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WHAT METHODS CAN BE USED TO IDENTIFY LEAKS?

 

1 Baths & Shower seals


Bath and shower seals are possibly the most common and destructive leak within your domestic property, these leaks are generally caused by deterioration of the silicon seal around the bath or shower tray. These are usually easy to identify to the trained eye, however, they can prove to be difficult at times and therefore, to test the seal we would use tracer dye. During the tracer dye test we would insert a borescope camera to underneath the shower tray, bath or sub floor level to enable us to visually inspect below the shower tray or bath during the test. If we identify dye coming through, this would indicate the silicon seals to be defective.

2 Waste pipe systems


Leaks on waste pipe systems within a domestic property can generally be identified by either bad odours, staining of ceilings, walls or even water pouring through a ceiling. This would commonly be after the use of an item within the bathroom, kitchen or utility room, for instance: bath, sink or dishwasher. The same method in identifying bath and shower seal leaks would be used in this instance by means of tracer dye testing. In order to locate which waste pipe is defective, various colours would be used to test various items throughout the bathroom, kitchen or utility room, i.e. if blue was found to be enaminating out through the ceiling and blue dye was to test the shower waste, this would indicate the shower waste to be defective. Again the borescope camera would be used in order to visually identify a leak position.

3 Leaking water supply pipes


Water supply pipes either leak or they do not, however if they do leak this can cause major and possibly devastating damage to your property if not identified early. These leaks can be obvious, but at times can go unnoticed until a visible sign of a leak has formed. A leaking water supply pipe can happen anywhere within the domestic property, such as below your floorboards, within ceiling voids, under a kitchen sink or within your solum area to name a few. These leaks can be found through the method of acoustic leak detection, tracer gas, thermal imaging or simply using our borescope camera.
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4 Heating leaks


Heating leaks can be a costly leak to find, as these leaks usually sit below finished floor levels and unless there are obvious signs this could result in floors being lifted and damaged in an attempt to locate the leak.

There are two common signs that would identify that you have a leak on your central heating system.


Leak Detection Your expansion tank continuously filling
Leak Detection Loss of pressure on your boiler
How are we able to find these leaks and reduce the nasty costs of destroying finished floors? If our preliminary survey identifies no faults above floor level or with the boiler we would move forward with an acoustic test in an attempt to identify a tell tale sound of a leak noise. If identified this would generally put us within close proximity of the leak, however, failing an identification of a leak noise this would indicate that a tracer gas test would be required.

By draining the system of all its water we are able to refill and pressurise the system with a specialised tracer gas. After the system has been pressurised with the tracer gas we are then able to survey the house using our tracer gas analyser to detect for a gas signature within the property. Once a gas signature has been detected this would indicate the leak to be in close proximity of that area.
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