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What Is Electronic Leak Detection?
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An electronic testing, or electronic detection, of underground piping or plumbing accurately locates the source of water leaks without expensive excavation or replacement. This method usually reduces the cost of leak repair to a small fraction of the cost of outdated and expensive search-and-destroy methods used decades ago in the plumbing industry. Methods include rarefaction wave correlation, vibration analysis, and trace gas induction and detection.
Slab leaks are pressurized plumbing or piping leakage under or in the concrete floor. They are found in homes, businesses and industrial facilities built with slab-on-grade foundations. Slab leaks are also known as under-floor or in-floor leakage in domestic plumbing systems. Domestic water plumbing leaks may be hot-water slab leaks or cold-water slab leaks.
Many of the specialized methods of locating leaks in outdoor piping are also used in precision location of under-slab or in-slab leaks. Electronic detection is used on slab leaks to avoid the catastrophic property damage associated with “hunting” for slab leaks with jackhammers and similar demolition tools used by those unskilled in locating leaks without destruction.
Dripping faucets and water leaks waste water and money. The smallest of drips and water leaks around your home should be repaired. A slow drip can waste as much as 15 to 20 gallons of water per day.
Many water leaks are easy to fix. Others may require a plumber. A good "fix-it" book from the library or store can help you replace washers and fix other common plumbing problems. If in doubt, call Power Pro Plumbing and one of our certified technicians will come by to help.
The most common places to find water leaks are:
- Washing machine supply hose – found behind your clothes washer and dishwasher
- Kitchen and bathroom faucets
- Angle stops – the valve under your sink and behind the toilet
- P-traps – the U-shaped pipe under your sink
- Shower valve – found inside the wall of your shower
- Hose bib spigot – where you connect your hose
- Water heater
The city's responsibility ends on the customer's side of the water meter. The customer is responsible for everything from the meter to the house, including the plumbing inside the house.
Although natural gas is colorless and odorless, scents (in the form of traces of mercaptans) are usually added to assist in identifying gas leaks. This odor commonly takes the form of rotting eggs. If you detect this scent, you should evacuate the area immediately, usually to the outside. Do not light fires or cigarettes, and do not operate electrical appliances, light switches or phones, as these may act as points of ignition. Once in a safe area, contact your natural gas provider.
Once the gas company has determined that you have a gas leak, they will turn off your service. In order to have your service turned back on, you will need a licensed plumber to detect, locate and repair the section where the gas leak exists.
Earthquake Shutoff Valve
This is your best "insurance" to stay safe during an earthquake. This device is installed between your gas meter and the house. In the event of a major earthquake, the unit will cut off the gas supply to the house, preventing gas leaks (due to pipe breakage) that can cause the whole house to burn down, which is the number-one cause for earthquake-related property damage.
How to Shut Off Your Gas in Case of an Emergency
- It is important to know exactly where your gas meter is located so that in the event of an emergency, you know how to shut it off. Do not turn off your meter unless you smell gas, hear the sound of gas escaping or see other signs of a leak.
- As you face the meter, you will see a pipe running from the ground to the meter. Approximately 6 to 8 inches above the ground, there is a shutoff valve running parallel with the pipe. Take a 12-inch (or larger) adjustable wrench and turn the valve a quarter-turn in either direction until the valve is crosswise to the pipe.
Keep a 12-inch (or larger) adjustable wrench with your emergency supplies or next to your valve.
Gas Shutoff Valves
For safety, a shutoff valve should be installed at every gas appliance. If a gas leak occurs at a specific appliance, the valve will permit you to turn off the gas at the appliance rather than shutting off all gas service at the meter. Some valves require a wrench to turn them.
Sewer leaks are defined as leakage, breaks or blockage on drain, waste and vent piping or sewer service lines associated with sanitary sewer or septic systems. They involve leakage of hazardous sewer gases that contain highly flammable methane gases. These systems often require electronic location of cleanouts, followed by sewer taps. Sewer or sanitary drain-line leaks often are the source of mystery water damage in homes, as well as noxious sewer smells. Sewer leaks are also known as drain leaks, vent pipe leaks or drain-waste-vent (DWV) system leaks. Sewer leaks and drain leaks are easily repaired once the exact location is detected.
Precision location of sewer leaks, sewer breaks or sewer blockages often begins with an internal inspection of the piping called a sewer camera inspection. Our miniature inspection devices, sometimes also called borescopes or fiber-optic cameras, are made for rough service in drain lines of all sizes and can often see the interior well enough to video-record the inspection. Sometimes the inspection is called a sewer video inspection for this reason.