Diagnosing your leaking spots
Welcome to Wilco Plumbing Services, home of Sydney´s most trusted and experienced water specialists that have years of hands-on experience in leak detection. We are driven by our extensive plumbing knowledge and years of hands-on experience together with the use of the most advanced leak detection procedures.
Water is a common cause of damage to houses. Stained ceilings, destroyed timber floors and wet carpets are just a few examples of how leaks can cost thousands of dollars in repairs. The real truth is that only 10 percent of all water issues are caused by leaking pipes. Broken water proofing membranes in showers and outdoor taps are, in fact, the leading cause of water damage, together with a wide range of building malfunctions. We have a 99 percent of success in leak detection on the first visit. We minimize error by doing a number of leak detection tests and procedures through the latest electronic equipment. This simple and clean approach allows us to do quick leak detection as well as fast repair.
We have a highly skilled and qualified team of plumbers. We provide 24/7 emergency services, blocked drain repairs, hot water installation, blocked toilet, pipe relining, leak detection, leaking tap repair and more.
What are the most advanced procedures in leak detection?
- Radio location: use of electronic equipment to find underground and hidden pipes
- Thermal imaging: best in highlighting moisture or water penetration in ceilings, flooring and walls
- Hydrogen tracer gas: best pipe leak detector for underground and hidden leaks
- Acoustic: this procedure can isolate water leaks within the pipe work
- CCTV cameras: sewer and stormwater system inspection with video cameras
Leaking water pipes can happen almost anywhere—from the newest homes and apartments to small gardens and even the biggest buildings. How much water can you waste?
You can lose as much as a few litres of water in a single hour from a slow dripping faucet and hundreds of litres an hour from a leaking toilet.
If your leak is coming from a hot water pipe or a water supply, you will also have a big energy expense. This makes fast leak detection and repair even more important.
Sydney water supply may be responsible for the water meter on your property, but you as a property owner are responsible for all your pipes and fittings that are connected to the mains water supply.
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Identifying leakage using the water meter
In order for this leak detection approach to work, it is vital that you do not use any water at your house intentionally.
- Turn off all your taps and any appliance that uses water.
- Find your water meter.
- Write down the black and red numbers on the dial of your water meter.
- Wait for at least ten minutes.
- Check if the last numbers on the dial have increased. If the numbers have increased, you have a water leak somewhere. The greater the increase in the numbers, the greater the leak.
Identifying leakage without using the water meter
Almost all of our clients have water meters, but you may have a shared water meter that you split with your neighbour. This makes it difficult to tell if you have any leaks in your pipes or if your neighbour has a leak in their pipes.
If you know how to do leak detection, you can check for some common sources of leaks around your property.
- Check your hot water system’s expansion valves after not using any hot water for some time. Your valve should not be constantly leaking.
- Check all of your taps and toilets often to identify signs and sounds of water leaks.
- Turn of your hoses and irrigation pipes if they are always connected to garden taps.
- After that, check your taps to be sure that they are not leaking.
- Put a small piece of paper at the back of the toilet bowl and check to make sure it is dry after the next flush. Toilet cisterns should not release any water between flushing.
- Try to identify green parts of your grass that are not the same as the grass around it as this can be a sign that you have an underground water leak.
If you think that maybe you could have a big water leak, you should probably need to call a plumber that has special equipment. Here at Wilco Plumbing Services, we have all that is necessary for leak detection and leak repair.
Identifying leakage using thermal imaging
Thermal imaging camera uses IR technology to measure thermal energy that can´t be observed nor captured by our eyesight. This leak detection technology is a quick and reliable approach to check large areas for leak detection.
Thermal Imaging does not only detect the cause of the leak but it also tracks the moisture path left behind by the leak. Water damage can be recognised by mould and stains on the ceilings, carpet and floorings or paint peeling on the walls.
Identifying leakage using Hydrogen Tracer Gas
Hydrogen Tracer Gas is one of the most versatile and high-tech approaches in leak detection. It has been used in multiple industries like auto and electronics industries because of its unique tracking qualities. The actual gas is a combination of 5 percent Hydrogen in Nitrogen so it is completely non-flammable, non-toxic and non-corrosive. Hydrogen is the lightest and least dangerous of all gases; it can spread quickly all over the property and enter quickly even through the smallest crack.
The Hydrogen gas is released into the pipeline where we suspect that leak is located. Having the tiniest atoms in our atmosphere, this gas escapes through the leak making its way to the surface where it is recognised by our sensitive detection probes. Rising and falling gas amounts are measured during the leak detection and are displayed on the computer screen. When we detect that the gas concentration has increased the sound sensors are also triggered. The precision of this instrument allows detection of water leaks where other leak detection approaches are known to fail.
Identifying leakage using acoustic equipment
Acoustic leak detection involves the use of electronic hardware to find the lowest consistent noise emitted by water escaping the pipes while at the same time reducing noise from interfering sources (traffic, people talking, and pedestrians). This approach in leak detection works great when trying to find a water leak within underground services leaking at a rate higher than 6 litres per minute.
CCTV leak detection
We inspect sewers and stormwater pipes to find potential issues inside the drains. We use the highest quality Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) to view the internal condition of your sewer and stormwater waste pipes. A blockage is often caused by damage from old pipes and bad maintenance, tree roots entering the pipes and soft toys and similar pieces that have gone inside the toilet. Blocked sewers can cause sluggish drainage and discharges in yard house, surrounding houses, or even inside your house. It is your responsibility to maintain your sewer and water installations from your property to their connection to the Sydney Water sewer main. Regular and planned upkeep targeted to prevent blockages is generally cheaper than emergency plumbing.