If you oversee a business or municipality’s water system, money could be leaking out of your pipes right this minute.
When a leak occurs on an underground water or sewer line, severe damage can occur without any water ever reaching the surface. You will, however, notice the cost of this non-revenue water seeping into the ground as it impacts your bottom line.
Effective leak detection is essential for minimizing the risks associated with leaks and preventing costly water loss, damage, and downtime.
These leaks can occur due to corrosion, damage, or wear and tear. Regardless of the cause, leaks can be problematic as they can result in loss of valuable resources, damage to equipment and infrastructure, and pose a significant threat to public safety and the environment. A broken underground water pipe is a recipe for disaster.
GPRS’ elite team of Project Manages are well versed in the common causes of leaks, and can help locate severe leaks that, if left untreated, could compromise the integrity of your buildings, contaminate your water supply, and severely affect your bottom line.
Leak detection methods
There are several methods for leak detection, each with its advantages and disadvantages.
Commercial acoustic leak detectors and leak detection correlators can map out leaks. Acoustic leak detection uses sophisticated ground microphones to listen for leaks coming from subsurface pipes, while leak detection correlators use sensors placed on both sides of the pipe and the sensors send information back and forth between each other via radio waves.
Routine water loss inspections are also helpful in preventing unnecessary water loss and saving businesses and municipalities money. Water systems can develop leaks due to corrosion, high system pressure, damage caused during construction, improper installation, frost or freezing, failing or damaged joints, and ground shifting or settling.
Annual water loss surveys help ensure you have an up-to-date and comprehensive understanding of the integrity of your water system, helping you avoid non-revenue water loss caused by a leak left unnoticed.
Benefits of leak detection
Effective leak detection provides several benefits, including:
- Early detection of leaks: The early detection of leaks can prevent costly damage to equipment and infrastructure, reducing downtime and repair costs.
- Improved safety: Leaks can pose a significant safety risk to personnel and the public. Effective leak detection can help prevent accidents and injuries.
- Reduced environmental impact: Leaks can result in the release of hazardous substances into the environment, causing significant damage. Effective leak detection can help prevent such incidents, reducing the environmental impact.
- Compliance with regulations: Many industries are subject to regulations regarding leak detection and prevention. Effective leak detection helps ensure compliance with these regulations, avoiding fines and penalties.
Leak detection is a critical process for ensuring the safe and efficient transport of fluids in various industries. There are several methods for detecting leaks, each with its advantages and disadvantages. Effective leak detection provides several benefits, including early detection of leaks, improved safety, and reduced environmental impact.
GPRS’ team of elite Project Managers conduct leak detection services and water loss surveys to help municipalities and other utility providers save their water – and save their money. These Project Managers are required to complete the industry-leading Subsurface Investigation Methodology (SIM) training program prior to being assigned their first job.
Whatever services you require, you can rest assured that your data will be delivered to you quickly and in a format that makes it easy to review and use during repair or replacement of your lines. The field report you’ll receive includes not only a detailed description of each leak or other defect found – including photos of the issue – but also information on all services provided, the equipment utilized, the types of markings we used to indicate findings, and notes from the Project Manager that completed your job.
With over 350,000 projects completed, and a better than 99.8% accuracy rating on those jobs, GPRS is a water leak detection company you can rely on. Our nationwide network of Project Managers are strategically placed in every major market across the country, so there’s always a leak detection specialist near you.
We’re here to help, so schedule a job today and we can Intelligently Visualize The Built World™ together.