Leaks are a common problem for water and gas lines.Detecting and repairing leaks as soon as possible is important to minimizing damage and preventing accidents.There are a number of different methods for detecting leaks, depending on the type of line and the environment in which it is located.This article will discuss some of the most common leak detection methods.
There are four common types of leak detection methods for water and gas lines:
Acoustic listening devices: These methods rely on the different acoustic qualities between pressurized and non-pressurized air. For example, a “psss” sound is typically heard when using an acoustic device on pressurized air while no noise will be heard in a pressurized gas line.
By means of a tracer gas: Cold mains are not pressure tested or turned on until the system is completely dry and ready for service, then a “tracer” gas, normally sulfur hexa fluoride (SF), is introduced into the system to ensure that no leaks exist before bringing the lines up to operating pressure. There are four common types of leak detection methods for water and gas lines
Cold receptors: A receptor is placed at the farthest downstream location on an air system, normally inside of a building or some enclosed area, which will detect the change in air quality caused by a leak.
Electronic listening devices: There are many types of electronic listening devices that use radio waves, others use microwaves and still others rely on laser beams to detect gas leaks.
Leaks in water lines or gas lines can be a substantial financial loss for a homeowner. This article will discuss some common types of leak detection options available to homeowners, including traditional and non-traditional solutions. It is important that the homeowner use caution when performing any work on underground piping systems, as these systems can be dangerous.
First, water leaks:
Water leaks may not always be visible in the home and can also lead to mold or mildew growth. When a leak is suspected, homeowners should try some basic troubleshooting techniques before calling professional plumber. Basic methods of testing for a leak include:
- Observing whether there is a change in water pressure
- Looking for exterior wet spots, drips or puddles.
- Using a moisture meter to detect moisture
If these techniques fail and the leak is still suspected, homeowners can turn to electronic devices such as acoustic leak detectors. Acoustic leak detectors are commonly used by plumbers, but there are small hand-held devices that can be used by homeowners to detect water leaks as well. Acoustic leak detectors function by sending acoustic pulses through the water system and detecting changes in those pulses with a receiver. The strength and time of the signal changes if there is a disruption or obstruction in the piping, such as a leak.
These devices can also pick up internal movement in the pipe, such as flow rate changes. Acoustic leak detectors can be purchased at local hardware stores or online for less than $100.
Another method of leak detection is using a camera to inspect underground piping. Locating equipment can send signals through the ground and use electric current to see where it will travel on an image display. These locations will show where pipes are and can detect pipe damage. An inspection of this kind takes two to three hours and costs around $150.
The next common type of leak is gas leaks:
A gas leak often creates a visible plume of gas coming from the ground. However, if the gas leak is not immediately visible, there are some common warning signs that should be observed. A gas leak can cause appliances to malfunction or operate poorly, or it can affect the power supply in electrical devices. If a noticeable change in the performance of any appliance is observed, homeowners should have their gas lines inspected immediately.
If you suspect you have an issue with your water or gas line, do not take any readings yourself or do any work. Call a professional who can help you assess the situation and identify if there is an issue to be addressed. If no damage is visible, it may be possible to schedule regular services such as cleaning or inspection. For any work that needs to be done, hire a pro with knowledge and experience in leak detection and repair.
The first step to correcting a leak is diagnosing the problem. If you have any of these symptoms, contact your water company or scope out our blog post for more information on what might be going wrong and how it can be fixed. Sometimes leaks are as simple as tightening pipes that have been loose from being turned off too often, but other times there may need to be repairs done before you see an improvement in your bill! In either case, remember that if something seems amiss with your plumbing system, don’t hesitate to call a professional plumber like us at EZ Plumbing & Restoration . We offer emergency services 24/7 so we’ll always answer when you call!
Author Bio:- Aimee Grace
Aimee is a marketing manager at EZ Plumbing & Restoration. She is very passionate in writing about discrete plumbing services and leakage detection as well as repair solutions. Her vision is to educate people about the consequences of water and slab leaks at home or office and what they should do to repair them to avoid further water damage as well as property damage.
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