Water Leak Detection in Reading, PA
Have a water leak that you can’t seem to locate? Read on to learn more about what causes leaks and what you can do to avoid problems in the future. We provide leak detection services for residential and commercial customers throughout Reading and surrounding areas.
What Causes Water Leaks?
Clogged drains and toilets: Toilets and drains can become clogged with all sorts of items and debris, such as grease, food, toilet paper, hair, and tree roots. When a toilet or drain clogs and standing water builds up inside the pipes, it tends to put pressure on the pipe gaskets and seals. If this clogging happens frequently, the pipe will begin to leak.
Pipe corrosion: Pipes will eventually corrode, age, and wear down over time. Once your pipes start to corrode, rust, or crack, water will leak out. Pipes that have a significant amount of moisture or water condensation, or pipes that are exposed to harsh temperature changes, tend to corrode and leak the quickest.
While it is impossible to stop an old water pipe from corroding, you can take preventive measures to keep your pipes from leaking. The most effective way is to schedule routine pipe maintenance. During regular inspection, we will identify damaged areas and replace old pipes before they start to leak and potentially cause further damage to your property.
Shifting: Building structures shift or settle over time, no matter how solid the ground is below them. This shifting or home settling is usually very small in actual shift size, but it can be enough to put pressure on your water pipe system. In some cases, when a home shifts, it will break a water pipe or damage the pipe's gasket or seal. The end result of this will be a water leak. Even small millimeter-based home shifts can cause water leaks, as water pipes are fairly rigid in their structure and don't usually accommodate a whole lot of movement, especially if they are old and outdated.
To prevent water leaks from home shifting or settling, make sure you have regular inspection performed on your pipe system. This will allow us to catch any problems before they happen.
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How Do You Detect Water Leaks?
Water leaks in your home can be detected through different methods. This includes fiber optic video cables that are run down your pipes. There are also tools that can detect water pressure changes in your pipes that could indicate a leak.
Here are other methods that can effectively track down leaks:
Fluorescent dye tracers: You may be familiar with the old-fashioned method of detecting leaks with food dye. An upgrade from this is the fluorescent dye tracer. This latter method involves dyes that are designed specifically to complement fluorescent or UV equipment. The dyes are also biodegradable, so you can rest assured that any dyes used for locating pipe leaks won’t damage your lawn or architecture.
Leak noise correlators: Our technicians can also identify leaks using leak noise correlators. These specialized machines use precise sound waves to pinpoint those hard-to-find leaks. Many modern models feature wireless radio transmitters that complement the confined spaces of your plumbing system. Leak noise correlators also include noise filtering capabilities, which can cut out interference from background noises, absolutely beating out the human ear when it comes to detecting leaks by sound.
Thermal imaging: Thermal imaging is often favored by plumbing specialists. While normally associated with tracking heat differences, thermal imaging is just as effective in tracking leaks that include notably hot or cold water. This non-invasive method is an excellent way to detect leaks quickly and accurately over large areas. Thermal imaging does not require direct physical access to the areas being examined, and it can spot damaged materials as well as the actual flow of water, making it a reliable means of detection.
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