Leak Source Detection
Leak Detection utilizes observations and instrumentation to identify leaks. The first step to identify a leak source is observation of the materials and components in the area of concern. Careful observation can reveal water meter movement, sounds, staining, discoloration, and deterioration that was not readily apparent. After careful observation instrumentation should be used to further narrow down the location of the leak.
Moisture meters can be used for moisture mapping of the residence to help identify the area of the leak. Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) imagery is used to identify thermal gradients typical of the presence of moisture to help identify the leak source. Infrared thermometers can be used to determine the temperature to identify condensing surfaces. A psychrometer is used to identify the dew point temperature and the Relative Humidity (RH) in the residence. With proper use of these and other instruments a picture of the leak area will start to develop.
As many components do not contain water or water pressure unless they are in use, testing may be necessary to confirm the leak source. The testing has to be done in an appropriate way to prevent failure of unrelated components. Correctly identifying the leak source is dependent upon the knowledge and expertise of the professional evaluating the concern. This process will reliably identify the leak source so that repairs can be made properly the first time. If you need help identifying a leak source, we would be honored to provide our assistance.