Plastic Water Pipe Locating

Simply Leak Detection can locate your non-metallic water mains or other plastic PVC type water pipes . . . utilizing sonic locating technologies.

Simply Leak Detection recognizes the growing need to locate plastic water pipes, especially those that have been buried without a tracer wire. In effort to meet this need with a reliable solution, we have acquired many of the best technologies available to offer plastic pipe locating services. These methods are also non-invasive and simple to apply.

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Our locating equipment does not disrupt service and is Clean for Potable Water Systems…no use of fish tape, push rods, sondes and other electronic devices that are commonly used to locate plastic sewer & drainage pipe systems!

Locating plastic pipes acoustically –

As plastic pipes are not electrically conductive, they cannot be located with the classic electro-magnetic methods. Another principle in pipe location is used with the acoustic method: the pipes transmit mechanical vibrations better than the surrounding soil. The vibrations are transmitted along the pipe and over the soil to the surface where they can be detected by a microphone. Just as with the acoustic location of water leaks, the microphone indicates the highest intensity thus revealing the position of the pipe. Other pipe materials such as AC or metallic pipes can also be located with this method.

Main pipes & plastic water mains – water

These require more energy to be set vibrating. The water column is set into motion by extraction of water from a hydrant. The water column is restricted in intervals by a shutoff device. The created pressure waves transmitted and can be located, even over long distances.

Service pipes – water

Pipes are set vibrating by a knocker just as an electrical hammer from the outside onto the pipe.

Key Benefits:

  • Easy to set up
  • Reduces Excavation Costs
  • Works on ALL Non Metallic Pipes
  • Eliminates pipe locating guesses
  • Greatly Improves Damage Prevention Measures

Give me a call if you have any questions or would like to schedule service.

Michael Fend
Simply Leak Detection
253.886.1400 – direct