Leak Detection Colchester
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Are you looking for Leak Detection in Colchester? TM Hughes & Son provides this service in the area.
We are a team of experienced gas-safe, registered Plumbers and Heating Engineers armed with Leak detection equipment.
If you feel a leak at your property, we can quickly find it and offer a solution to resolve the issue.
Our team is experienced and fully insured; we provide free, no-obligation quotes with no emergency call-out charges.
Detecting Hidden Leaks
Detecting leaks in plumbing systems and underground water pipes is approached using different methods (depending on the situation), each with its techniques and tools.
Here are four methods our plumbers use to locate a hidden leak.
- Visual Inspection: This is often the first step in leak detection. A plumber will look for obvious signs of leaks, such as water stains, mould, or mildew on walls, ceilings, and floors. They’ll also check for puddles or dripping water in areas where pipes run. Visual inspection is effective for surface leaks but may not detect leaks hidden within walls or under floors.
- Thermal Imaging: This method uses an infrared camera to detect temperature variations in walls and floors. Water leaks typically cause a temperature change, which the thermal imaging camera can detect. This method is non-invasive and can quickly pinpoint the area of a leak without the need for physical exploration of walls or floors. It’s particularly useful for detecting hidden leaks in places that are not easily accessible.
- Leak Detection Machine: These devices use sound technology to detect the sound of water escaping from pipes. Since leaks create a distinctive noise as water flows out under pressure, acoustic leak detectors pinpoint their location. Machines can also measure the water pressure in pipes to identify where a loss of pressure occurs, suggesting a leak. This method is highly effective for detecting leaks in underground pipes or within walls, where visual and thermal methods could be more practical.
- Pressure Testing: This technique involves altering the pressure in the plumbing system to detect leaks. A plumber will typically shut off the main water supply and then use a pressure gauge to monitor the system’s pressure. If there’s a leak, the pressure will drop over time. The plumber may also pump air or water into the system to increase the pressure, making it easier to identify where the pressure drops occur. This method is useful for finding leaks in systems where water is not visibly present, and sound-based detection is impractical.
Each method has its strengths, and often, our plumbers will use a combination of these techniques to locate and fix leaks accurately.
The choice of method depends on the plumbing system’s nature, the leak’s suspected location, and disruption to the property.
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