WHAT KINDS OF TOOLS ARE USED FOR LEAK DETECTION?

WHAT KINDS OF TOOLS ARE USED FOR LEAK DETECTION?

March 27, 2015

When plumbing leaks are shown on television, the leaks are usually highly visible: water spurts from an accessible pipe, etc. While the leak in your business space may be spurting, there is a very good chance it won’t be visible until it has become a serious problem. Why? The vast majority of your commercial plumbing resides behind walls, under floors and in ceilings; as such, until water penetrates the dry wall or plaster, or puddles on the floor, you may not notice anything. Additionally, locating one leak doesn’t always mean you’ve pinpointed the entire problem. This is why hiring experts for your commercial leak detection is so important. When you hire the experts at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc., for commercial leak detection, they bring years of experience, coupled with the latest tools, to every job. This means our plumbing specialists will find your leak(s), assess what has to be fixed and repair the problems in a timely, efficient manner with as little intrusion as possible. First, let’s take a look at some of the signs that can indicate you may have a leak.

SIGNS OF A LEAK

Here are some signs that can indicate a leak has developed somewhere on your commercial property:

  • Wet spots on drywall or plaster
  • Dripping through walls or ceilings
  • Puddling on floors
  • The sound of constant, unseen dripping
  • The sound of running water
  • Mold development in places it shouldn’t be
  • Significant decrease in water pressure
  • Unexplainable high water bills

So what kinds of tools are used to find leaks? These are a few that your plumber may use:

  • Specialized audio equipment – a leak will make noise, even a small leak, so one of the ways professional plumbers find leaks is to use very sensitive audio equipment to listen for the sounds.
  • Visual aid equipment – a great visual aid many professional plumbers use is a fiber optic camera. This type of tool is a long, snaking cable that has a camera on the end of it that sends back real-time video images of the inside of the pipes. This allows the plumber to see exactly how bad the leak is and where it is located.
  • Infrared scanning – infrared scanning detects areas of moisture by registering temperature. Areas that are wet will be cooler and will appear as such on the infrared scan.

As you can see, some pretty sophisticated equipment is used to detect leaks, and these tools require training and expertise.

If you need leak detection for your commercial property in Fort Lee, call the plumbing experts at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc., today!

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WHY LITTLE LEAKS ARE STILL BIG PROBLEMS

June 27, 2014

Unless a plumbing leak occurs in a large, visible pipe, such as the pipes under the sinks in a commercial kitchen, it is often difficult to detect… especially if the leak is a small one. But there is really no such thing as a “small” leak; any leaking in the plumbing of your business poses a serious problem. If you suspect you have leaks somewhere in your building, no matter their size, call for commercial leak detection in Dumont, NJ as soon as you can.

BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. specializes in leak detection for the extensive plumbing of commercial spaces.

We use the best equipment and technology available to find where you have leaking issues so we can take care of repairs with the least amount of disruption to building material possible. Make us your first call to take care of leaking.

The deception of the “small” leak

The most common type of leak that can occur in plumbing—residential or commercial—is called the “pinhole leak.” These leaks happen because of a phenomenon called pitting corrosion, which can strike copper pipes that are otherwise resistant to corrosion. The pitting weakens a section of pipe and creates tiny holes that allow small leaking to start.

But even a small amount of water escaping from your plumbing will add up to tremendous waste. Out of your sight, a single leak that allows two drips two escape per minute will waste 70 gallons of water over only a month—and that leak almost certainly isn’t the only one that’s affecting your plumbing. (Pitting corrosion has the tendency to spread.)

Now consider what happens as this water builds up, which it will do if it escapes notice for long enough. It only requires a small pool of water to begin to destroy building material such as drywall and create wood rot. Even concrete is in danger, since a slab leak will create pressure that can cause concrete to crack.

A standing pool of water from a small leak will also invite the growth of mildew, which will increase the destruction of building material (mildew eats right through drywall) and will also create unpleasant odors.

No leak is too small that it shouldn’t receive repair work immediately. If you notice an increase in your company’s water bills, higher levels of humidity, the appearance of mildew, or damp spots on walls, you should call for commercial leak detection in Dumont, NJ from our team at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. immediately. Don’t ignore any leak: the smallest will still turn into a major problem unless you have plumbers with the right training fix it.

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