For many years, the only way to find a water leak was by chance. Water leaks can be surprisingly difficult to detect because they are often silent and hidden from view. Even if you have a leaking pipe under your sink, it could take months before you notice the damage that’s being caused on your floor or drywall.
Luckily for us, advances in technology have made detecting water leaks easier than ever!
Water leaks are the number one cause of all-time structural water damage. A leak can happen at any time, but it’s most likely to occur during a heavy rainstorm when the ground is wet and you have just washed your car under your spout or hose bib for other people to use the water too.
There are many different types of clues that often indicate whether or not there is a problem with the water leaks like:
* Brown stains on walls and flooring which could be caused by dirt seeping into joints where pipes meet
* Increased water pressure in taps (which usually means there’s an obstruction somewhere);
* Water pooling outside next to foundation walls
In addition to residential water leaks, technology has been developed to help with the water leaks associated with aging water infrastructures in cities. In the United States alone, almost 250,000 water mains break every year, causing billions of gallons of water to damage property and cause destruction.
* A wireless sensor was developed by the University of California, Irvine that can detect leaks and even identify where they are to pinpoint sources for replacement
* The sensors could be embedded into existing pipes or placed over a joint between pipe segments with specialized waterproofing technology;
* They can also monitor ground movements, which may help predict when an earthquake is going on nearby.
Technology allows for underground utility detection and repair, which is a great way to help with water leaks. One of these technologies is thermal imaging which can effectively detect water leaks that are not readily visible to the naked eye. What is even better about thermal imaging technology is that it can detect leaks in pipes, which other detection methods may overlook.
There are two kinds of technologies used for detecting underground utility problems, such as water leak repair or pipe break; Magnetic Resonance Analysis (MRA) and Acoustic Leak Detection.
Another way that has been developed to find water leaks and pipe breaks is through magnetic resonance analysis (MRA). This technique employs an electromagnetic field for detecting changes caused by pressurized fluids.
These new technologies have helped find underground utility problems such as water leak repair or a pipe break; however, these techniques require specialized equipment and personnel to be used strategically when looking at where money should be invested into this type of work.
In addition, these devices will only help if there’s an access point from above ground level because their sensors cannot go where they cannot see. There is also acoustic leak detection, which can be done with a camera on the end of an acoustic probe inserted into the ground.
No one is immune to water leaks in their homes or buildings, and it can cost thousands of dollars to fix them. But today, there are many advances in technology that have helped greatly with locating where those pesky leaks are coming from!