Leak Detection: Detect, Find and Seal Water Leaks
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A water leak is an annoying moisture problem. Often you notice it late when it has already done a lot of damage to walls, floors or ceilings.
Moisture or mold spots or an ascending water bill can indicate a leak. In that case, it is advisable to have a leak detection performed in order to detect and resolve the water leak. In this article, we discuss how to detect a hidden water leak and other parameters.
What can indicate a leak?
A leak in the house is not always easy to detect. Sometimes it is not even clear that there is a leak and it can remain unnoticed for months or even years. It is often only when the effects become visible, that one is thinking of a water leak. The following problems may indicate such a leak:
1. Water damage and damp spots
Water damage is a logical consequence of a water leak. Pipes and drains, where a leak can occur, are usually hidden behind the wall. The water damage will therefore also occur behind the wall and therefore remain unnoticed for a long time. The effects of the water leakage will then become visible after a period of time through moisture or mold spots on the floor, walls or ceiling.
If you notice this, it is best to take action as soon as possible and have a leak detection performed. Moisture or mold spots in a certain place do not mean that the water leak also occurs at that location. Water damage can quickly spread to other places in the home than where the water leak is effective.
2. Badly working insulation
A water leak can also damage insulation. Certain types of insulating material, such as rock wool or glass wool, are not resistant to moisture and consequently lose their insulating capacity.
If your energy costs are suddenly higher than normal, that may indicate a leak. Here, too, water leak detection is important to prevent further damage to insulation and high energy costs.
3. High water bill
A water leak causes water wastage, water that you have to pay. It is a golden tip to check your water bill every month. If you suddenly notice a higher water consumption, that should make a bell ring.
If you suspect a water leak, you can check that extra by keeping an eye on the water meter reading. Write down the water level before going to sleep, when you are sure that nobody will use water. In the morning you note the water level again. You can be certain of a leak if the water level has risen at night.
Leakages are usually small but can, therefore, have major consequences. You also benefit from this as quickly as possible to track and recover. If not, you get big problems with moisture, which can lead to high costs.
A hidden leak is difficult to detect by yourself without the right knowledge and equipment. It is better to hire a professional who can help you in a quick and professional manner. Requesting customized prices from specialists in leak detection can be done via the quotation page.
Types of water leaks
There are different types of water leaks, depending on where they occur:
1. Leakage to the heating system
Leaks in heating systems are common. Usually, it involves small leaks in the supply and discharge pipes of the system. Since these are often located in the floor or wall, a small leak often remains unnoticed for a long time.
The cause of such a leak usually comes from a leaky coupling or a hole in the pipe, caused by drilling in the wall or floor.
2. Leakage on the water pipe
The water pipe in the house enters at a central point, after which it branches off. Just at those branch points, small leaks sometimes occur. Droplets then escape water along the couplings.
3. Leakage to a drain pipe
Leaks in drain pipes often arise due to accidents during work. Just drilling a hole in the wall or floor can be enough to permanently damage the drainage of a shower or sink.
Methods for leak detection by a specialist
Detecting a water leak is not easy because it is usually hidden. You should switch on a specialist in leak detection. It has special equipment with which it is able to detect leaks that remain hidden from the naked eye.
Detecting water leakage via an infrared camera: With an infrared camera, leak detection can detect expert leaks in hot water pipes. The camera can detect heat differences in floors and walls. He can trace the hot water and follow it until the leak. Since an infrared camera can look through the walls, this leak detection technique also does not require breaking work.
Detecting leakage via ultrasonic detection: Use is made of sound waves to determine where a leak is located.
Leak detection via moisture measurement/hygrometry: By measuring the relative humidity in materials and looking for the places where there is the most moisture, leaks are detected.
Detecting water leakage via a pressure test: The pressure in the pipes is increased and then returned to the normal state. There is a leak somewhere in the pressure in the pipes does not remain constant.
Electroacoustics: With this technique, people are looking for built-in and/or underground pipes, which can also cause leaks.
Detecting a water leak via endoscopy: A camera goes in water pipes or hollow spaces in search of leaks.
Leak detection price
The detection of leaks quickly takes a few hours during a thorough inspection. Not only every supply line has to be checked, but all drain pipes must also be tested with adapted appliances.
The price for thorough leak detection is around € 300 to 400. You also receive a report and professional advice to deal with the repairs. When only a certain pipe has to be checked, the cost price will obviously be a lot lower.
TIP: Compare price proposals from different specialists. This way you can compare not only prices but also methods, deadlines,... That way you choose the proposal that best suits your situation. Requesting quotations for leak detection by specialists in moisture control can be made without obligation via the quotation page.
Close leak and measure moisture damage
Of course, it does not stop at detecting and finding a water leak. A leak must also be closed. The method used for this depends on the nature and size of the water leak. In ideal circumstances there is no need to do brake work, sometimes it can not be otherwise.
In the event of a leak, it is also recommended to measure the moisture damage. Sometimes it may be necessary to remove and replace damaged building material to prevent further damage, rotting or moisture or mildew stains.
To seal the leak and to measure the moisture damage, you should consult a professional fighter. He has the necessary knowledge and experience to draw the right conclusions and to carry out the job properly. This way you are assured of quality and an effective solution of the water leak.
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Can you go to insurance?
A water leak can lead to a lot of damage and consequently also a lot of costs. Also having a leak detection performed is not cheap, but necessary in case of a leak.
Since water damage is included in the fire insurance, in many cases you can go to your insurance company. Keep in mind that everything depends on the situation to situation. If it concerns a blocked water leak behind a wall, then the chances are that the insurance will intervene in the costs.
In the case of a water leak that is clearly visible, the chance that the insurer intervenes is smaller. The risk of negligence or malicious intent in the game is greater.