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How Accurate Is Leak Detection?

23 August 2021

How Accurate Is Leak Detection?


When a burst pipe or water leak happens, it’s usually at the most unexpected moment. Whether you have just noticed an unusual watermark or you have water gushing out of an internal pipe somewhere, finding and fixing the leak is incredibly important.

Water can cause a lot of damage around your home quickly, so it’s critical to locate and fix any leaks as soon as possible.

If you’re having trouble locating the source of a leak, you’re in luck. Leak detection can help you find the source of a hidden water leak and put a stop to it fast. But, just how accurate is leak detection? We answer this and more below.


How to tell if you might have a water leak?

Sometimes a water leak is obvious and at other times it isn’t. If you suspect that you may have a water leak but you’re not entirely sure, there are a few things you can look out for. Some of the warning signs can include:

  • Low water pressure in your taps
  • Water bills that have recently skyrocketed
  • Wet or damp spots in your carpets and walls
  • If you can hear running water when all your taps are turned off
  • Mold or a damp smell in your carpets and walls

If you suspect that you might have a water leak, the best thing you can do is call in a professional plumber on the Sunshine Coast as soon as possible to stop the issue from getting any worse.


What is leak detection?

Water leak detection helps homeowners to find and pinpoint leaks in their homes, regardless of how big or small they might be. Leak detection is a non-invasive method of locating the source of a water leak in your home as fast as possible.

Sensitive equipment such as an electro-acoustic leak detector with a microphone, tracer gas and sensor rods are used to help trace and isolate the leak.

Using specialised leak detection equipment means that invasive techniques such as ripping up lawns, tearing down walls and prying up floorboards can be avoided in many cases.


How accurate is leak detection?

Leak detection is an accurate form of finding water leaks in your home. Utilising advanced equipment, leak detection can give an accuracy rate of upwards of 90%.

This high accuracy rate means that minimal damage will be inflicted upon your home and that you can get the plumbing issue sorted as quickly as possible.


Why is early water leak detection important?

Early water leak detection is important for a number of reasons. If allowed to continue with no intervention a water leak can cause a lot of damage to your home. From rotting wood and damaged carpets to ruptured pipes and electrical damage.

This type of damage is not only costly but also dangerous. The earlier a leak is detected, the sooner you can ensure it is repaired at a lower cost.

If you suspect that you may have a leak in your Sunshine Coast home, get a professional in to have a look at it as soon as you can.

Water leaks throughout your home are a serious issue, so contact the team at O’Brien Plumbing Maroochydore today to organise a consultation and repairs asap.



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