Guaranteed Leak Detection
A leak can destroy key elements of your home if you don’t catch it in time. Unfortunately, sometimes the signs are simply not all that obvious. A pipe might be leaking small amounts of water every day without seriously disrupting overall water pressure or making any noise. The first sign could then be brown water stains on the floor, walls, or ceiling.
Like all things, it’s best to catch it early. Reed Plumbing & Drainage Solutions can provide you with advanced leak detection in Melbourne using the latest tools and technology. Our check will ensure that your water supply system is in full working order. Because we use the best technology, we can determine for certain whether or not you have ruptures, where they are, and what size. We then proceed to apply the best possible fix asap.
How much does it cost?
In Melbourne, you can expect to spend around $300 to $2,000.. Rates vary greatly depending on the kind of method used, and factors such as the size and difficulty of the job can increase the final quote. It’s difficult for any plumbing company to provide a fixed quote until they are able to assess the situation on site. Call us at 9331 6633 or book a service online through our website and we can provide a firm quote after our visit.
How do you find leaks?
Do you notice that your water or gas bill is getting bigger? Do you hear running water when you are sure the taps are all off?
You could have concealed ruptures that can cause significant damage and pose health hazards in your house.
Water Leak Detection
There might be permanent and structural damage if the ruptures are left untreated, fostering the growth of mildew and mould.
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How can we help?
We use high-resolution thermal imaging cameras and electronic listening sticks to provide our customers with the most efficient and effective detection possible.
Reed Plumbing is ready to detect breaks in simple domestic setups as well as complex, large-scale commercial properties.
Frequently Asked Questions About Leak Detection in Melbourne
The time this process takes depends on the size of your property as well as the method used. Keep in mind that a professional test will not only confirm the presence of the rupture but locate it. This includes a full visual inspection of your property to detect the signs, and carrying out any of the four primary methods described below. You should allow at least 30 minutes to 2 hours for your plumber to detect a rupture in a standard three to four-bedroom property.
Breaks can occur in various areas of the house, and they are not always easy to pinpoint. Without the use of specialised equipment, it can be near impossible to find the exact origin of the rupture, or its cause.
If you have a leaking tap, you are literally putting money down the drains. The amount of water that drips out of a tap will add up quickly.
We are able to assist with all plumbing issues, no matter how big or small.
Water that flows out of pipes can cause major flooding. You’ll be left with serious damage and mold growth when the flooding is over. Mold is harmful to humans and animals, and after a few weeks of prolonged exposure, can cause severe respiratory problems.
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One of the biggest benefits is that you won’t be paying a huge water bill every month, in a world where this resource is becoming increasingly scarce and precious. You also benefit from the fact that the water damage will not go on to destroy the interior elements or the structural support of your home.
It can help to normalize the water pressure and is going to spot ruptures that otherwise would never be identified. Otherwise, a small issue can grow into a very big problem. It can spot breaks in underground piping, roof piping, gardens, concrete slabs, and in locations that are simply inaccessible without specialized tools. Finally, leaks can pose serious health hazards if they are not promptly resolved.
If you notice that something is wrong with the water supply, then you might want to consider a leak detection report. The most obvious sign is that you notice signs of moisture, which is something of a giveaway.
But if there are other problems with your water supply, like slow taps or strange noises, then you might also want to consider it. As a rule of thumb, when something is ‘up’ with the water supply, it is caused primarily by either a leaky pipe or a blocked drain. These are the two first points of call and are among the easiest to rectify.
A potential water rupture under your house should be cause for alarm. If neglected, they can cause a series of problems from low water pressure, bad odours, high water bills, and worse, structural damage to your home.
Always keep a lookout on signs or better yet, hire a professional plumbing maintenance service yearly to detect irregularities in your plumbing. It can be a huge expense to fix a water break under your home so maintenance and early detection are paramount.
There are 4 primary methods to detect water ruptures. These are:
1. Thermal Imaging – An infrared camera pointed at an area will show lower energy levels in the area.
2. Acoustic Listening Device – Microphone held close to a wall. Sounds will be produced in areas where the pipe is cracked/leaking.
3. Tracer Gas – Two gases are introduced into the piping system. Tracer gas will break out where there is a leak in the pipes. The gas itself is completely non-toxic.
4. Leak Correlators – Used in larger piping systems like farms and industrial complexes. Electromagnetic sensors are placed at strategic locations along with the piping system and can detect ruptures by comparing time delays between signals.
Some types of water breaks will leave behind signs so you can locate them easily. Water presence or damp areas on your floor are the most obvious indicator that you have a slab break.
Other things that you should watch out for are the sound of water rushing underneath your floor, warm spots on your slab that indicate leaking hot water lines, and “heaving” or lifting of your slab. However, if there is an unexplainable rise in your water bill and there are no visual or auditory signs to help you find the rupture, it’s best to call your plumber to locate faulty pipes.
Along with thermal imaging, acoustic listening devices are by far the most common and effective means to detect leaks in comparison to tracer gas and leak correlators. An acoustic listening device is able to differentiate the break from the regular sound of the water flowing through the pipe.
The benefit of this method is that it works on virtually any piping material and is 100% non-invasive. Leak detection is highly accurate and the size and location are irrelevant in terms of using this method.
We at Reed plumbing use a combination of high-resolution thermal imaging in conjunction with acoustic listening devices to detect each and every potential rupture in your home, in the fastest possible manner.
Absolutely. There are leak detection tools on the market that can alert you to any breaks as they arise. This will save you time and money. However, it’s important to know the strengths and weaknesses of each device. Many of them will not suffice to detect all breaks, all of the time. Others work on certain pipe materials only.
Water breaks are bound to worsen over time and can cause expensive home damage. If left alone and unfixed, it will start to increase your water bill, lower the water pressure around your house, cause bad odours, aid the development of mold and mildew, and can ultimately cause your house to be unsanitary and structurally unsafe to live in. Ruptures should be addressed as soon as they are detected to avoid costly repairs down the line.
After a water rupture, you should take measures to dry your roof and ceiling to avoid further damage. The time it takes for a roof to dry depends on just how saturated it has become. It can take anywhere from two days for a small leak to 4 weeks for more extensive leaks. Use a fan or dehumidifier to help speed the process, but make sure to call your plumber and address the root cause of the outbreak.
Unfortunately, yes. It is a myth that only extensive and repeated water damage can cause mold to grow. A one-time water rupture, sustained by damp and humid conditions, can cause mould to develop in as fast as 24 to 48 hours. To avoid moulds, fix breakage as soon as it’s detected and ensure that your property has good airflow. Clean and dry areas affected by a leak within 24 hours to prevent mould from growing.
Unfortunately, leak detection is not covered by most insurance policies. Still, it wouldn’t hurt to check with your provider as each policy is different. What most insurance policies do cover is fixing water rupture and water damage from sudden or accidental discharge like in the case of storms and flooding. Most policies will specifically exclude gradual breaks and water damage, especially if they could have been avoided with regular maintenance.
For more information on leak detection tools and advanced leak detection in Melbourne, call us now at 9331 6633.