Water Pipe Leak Detection – Plumber VS Dedicated Locating Specialist

In this post we’re going to look at the best course of action when trying to locate a potential leak in your property. Do you hire a plumber to track it down for you? That would be the first natural thought to most people, as leaky pipes tend to be their speciality. However, are they actually the best people to call in such an event? What if there were an alternative? As it happens, there is! There are dedicated locating specialists who have state-of-the-art equipment that can find a leak, no matter how discreet! Let’s look at the pros and cons for each.

Plumbers

There’s no denying, how skilled and professional plumbers are. When it comes to fixing leaks, these are the guys that you want to call. If you know where your leak is, for example, you have a dripping tap or flooding around your toilet, then you can forgo the locating specialist and get straight to calling them up. However, what if the leak is underground? You call your plumber up and they spend hours tearing your property apart trying to find a leak, only to turn around and inform you that they need to get specialist equipment in order to determine where it is. You’ve still got to pay them, only you’ll have to pay a locating specialist as well.

The point is that plumbers have many benefits and are generally very good at locating minor leaks in the home. However, if you’ve had a good look round yourself and you’re not quite sure where on earth it could be coming from, then your best bet will be to go straight to the specialists first.

Dedicated Locating Specialists

Now, most locating companies will not be able to fix your leaky pipes, that’s not part of the job description. But one thing is for certain: they will sure as well find the link, no matter how small or discreet. The state-of-the-art, highly sensitive piezo electric microphones and digital instrumentation that they use is fool-proof and will always find the leak without fail. This is because the noises made from the leaky pipe, wherever it is, will be amplified, thus assisting in the source of the leak’s detection. If there is a leak to be found, they will find it and it’s as simple as that.

Our Recommended Process

First of all, it’s important to note how to spot a leak. Have you noticed a drop-in water pressure when running taps or taking a shower? That is a very good tell-tale sign of having a leak somewhere in the house. Or perhaps your water bills are on the rise, even though there’s been no change to the amount of water that you consume, and you utility company hasn’t notified you of any increase in tariffs—yet another clear sign that there’s a leak somewhere in your home.

The best course of action to take is to thoroughly inspect your property first. If you notice damp anywhere, then you’ll likely be able to call a plumber and have them rectify the situation there and then. However, if you search thoroughly and see no signs at all, then the likelihood is that the leak is going to be otherwise undetectable without the correct equipment, so you’ll need to go ahead and call Australian Locating Services to find the source for you. Following that, you can have a plumber come and resolve the issue.