Leak detection accuracy is best accomplished by utilizing several locating methods pointing to the same place. Since every leak will have it’s own set of variables, there are not many that are alike. For example: depth, leak size, leak direction, pipe materials, pipe sizes, soil conditions and surface materials such as a driveway. There are many specialized tools used […]
Seattle like many large cities have water customers in need of commercial leak detection services. Commercial leak detection can often include a variety of difficulties that are not as frequently encountered with residential leak detection services. Most electronic leak detection equipment amplifies the faint sounds created by an underground water pipe leaking under pressure. Using […]
Residential leak detection can save a homeowner potentially thousands! The savings is the cost of putting your landscape together again after well meaning friends, neighbors or contractors have unearthed your property in search of a hidden leak. Another large savings created by a residential leak detection service is the opportunity to apply a simple repair instead of […]
Underground water pipe leak which was accurately located between the house and the water meter. Upon arrival this leak was calculated at a third of a gallon per minute. Though it was hopeful that this pipe leak would be located beneath the grass, it was ultimately pinpointed beneath the asphalt driveway. In follow up with the repairing […]
Irrigation leaks: Irrigation water conservation and irrigation leaks are important topics and I hope you find this information helpful. Lets begin with irrigation leaks that commonly go unnoticed during the Summer months. To effectively check your sprinkler system for leaks, visually check your water meter to see if it is moving or showing water usage. If the meter […]
A water leak was identified and located under the blue painted “X”. Fortunately the condominium owner called ahead for underground utility locates. As shown in this picture you can see that there are numerous utilities that need to be carefully avoided while excavating this water pipe.
Any system can be tested this way…i.e.; Irrigation, supply lines to structures, well water supported systems, isolated lines within RV, Mobile Home Communities, sections of City Parks or virtually anything that can be isolated. Simply Attach an inexpensive pressure gauge to any faucet within a system that can be isolated….then turn off the supply. If […]
Residential water leaks left uncorrected can create damaging consequences. Pictured here is a heat pump that had a leaking pipe beneath it. The soil had been washed away to such an extent, the heat pump and concrete pad had sunk nearly two feet.
Isolation valves are important for both your homes water management and if needed, leak detection. If there is any need to turn off a section of your water supply, these valves can really help! The picture attached shows common isolation valves you might have at your home or business. If you have additional buildings with […]
Plastic water lines can no doubt be difficult to locate. First look for the obvious….a tracer wire or stand alone hose faucets between a house or structure and the water meter. If no visible clues, look for other utilities that might be buried and locate them for points of reference. As seen in this picture, a […]
The new digital meters will often show a “flow rate” displayed with some numerical value ranging from zero on up. Most flow rates are based on Cubic Feet (CF) Per Minute. Given that one CF = 7.48 gallons, simply multiply the value for “flow rate” times 7.48 and this will translate to Gallons Per Minute […]
It is always best to know where your water pipes are buried prior to planting trees & shrubs of any size. As seen in this picture, this cedar tree was placed nearly directly above this water pipe. Though locating the leak on this pipe was simple, the massive tree roots made the repair a difficult & […]
Water from a leaky pipe may easily show at quite a distance from the source of the leak. In the pictures below you can see water on the street and water crossing the sidewalk. It would be easy to assume that the leak would be at the highest point on the yard where the water is surfacing […]
Leak Detection can always save $$ in terms of time and costs when it comes to locating a hidden underground water leak for a simple repair as is the case with many. Here are a few pictures that represent a customers full day of energy and effort in attempt to locate a hidden water leak […]
The answer is quite simple….Ask your favorite plumber! Your plumber has likely exposed many pipe leaks based on the technical information provided by a trusted leak detection professional. If you want an underground pipe leak located with accuracy, your plumber can certainly offer the best recommendation!
This is a question faced by many that have or experienced a hidden underground water pipe leak. A full replacement can indeed remedy any hidden leak however is this solution really necessary? There is a lot of very good pipe buried out there and to best answer this question is to first understand the good […]
Though there are no black & white rules to water credits, it never hurts to inquire about them. Many cities will offer a water credit once a leak has been identified and repaired. Underground leaks on main supply lines that are located & repaired frequently qualify for such credits.
At the Portland Water Bureau, administrators are proposing an 11 percent hike instead of a 14.4 percent increase. Increasing water rates in any city water system brings all the more importance to conserving water and especially locating and fixing unwanted water leaks. Given that just a small dripping leak consumes: 15 gal. per day […]
* One Cubic Foot of water equals 7.48 gallons. * The average bathtub holds 4-8 cubic feet of water. * A dishwasher uses about 2 cubic feet per cycle. * A 10 minute shower uses approximately 4-6 cubic feet of water. * Outdoor watering with one garden hose uses about 40 cubic feet […]
Several years ago I had some leaking underground water pipes on my property. I quickly became intrigued with technologies that are able to detect and locate hidden underground plastic pipes & water leaks. I know that for many folks, just getting the leaks fixed and forgotten would be great! Instead I decided to purchase some equipment to find my leaks. I have always […]
Most Pressure Reduction Valves (PRV’s) will make a high pitched noise when water is flowing through it. If you are trying to locate a buried PRV, first turn on a hose bibb to start water flow. Next, listen to pipes near the meter using a large screw driver, crow bar or other metal object to […]
The concept of tracer gas leak detection is to trace escaped gases that exist at a low concentration in the atmosphere. When higher (tracer gas) concentrations are introduced into a pipe system, the tracer gas can be identified above ground where a leak exists. The most common tracer gas methods include: HELIUM: the most popular […]
Signs of underground leaks include: Unusually wet spots in landscaped areas and/or water pooling on the ground surface. An area that is green, moldy, soft, or mossy surrounded by drier conditions. A notable drop in water pressure/flow volume. A sudden problem with rusty water or dirt or air in the water supply (there are other […]
Most water meters calculate water volume in cubic feet. If your meter shows cubic feet and water is moving through it by evidence of the leak detector spinning….follow these steps to determine gallons per minute: Time the “sweep hand” or dial hand as it moves from one digit to the next. If the meter is […]
Unattended water leaks can be costly and since sewer rates are predicated on water consumption, it’s a good idea to consider this additional cost when it comes to leaks. See the attached file on our Water Leak Examples page. If my calculations are correct, sewer rates can be highly impacted.
It’s always a good idea to check your home’s pressurized water system for leaks on a periodic basis. Unwanted water leaks left uncorrected can lead to higher water bills, potentially higher energy bills and increased risk of damage & ultimate repair costs. Here is a process you might find helpful; 1st – turn everything in […]