Leak Detection Services.

Leak Detection Services are also offered by American Heritage Environmental.

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Structural Leak Detection

What Is Structural Leak Detection?

Structural leak detection is pinpointing the location of a leak or moisture source that may not be associated with a plumbing leak. This type of detailed inspection is recommended to detect possible leaks, as a result, you prevent and help avoid further damage to your home.

Above all, this type of water or moisture intrusion can cause some of the worst damage a home can suffer. That is to say,  the longer time the damage goes unnoticed, the repairs will be more costly.

Plumbing Leak Detection

Everything is relative. You know how the drip, drip, drip from the leaky faucet in the bathroom sink will seem as loud as a bass drum, keeping you up all night? In the daytime you never heard or noticed it. But now, in the middle of the night, when the house is quiet and free of distracting noises, it’s loud and clear.

That is why, in the past, professionals used to locate leaky pipes by using the quiet time in the middle of the night. They did this to isolate the sound of escaping water. This technique can be effective in a residential setting. But, it has limitations in facilities that run 24/7. Fortunately, professionals now have a second option. For instance, magnifying the sound of the leak so that it’s much louder than the background noise. Again, everything is relative.

American Heritage Environmental uses specially designed sensors that listen for the gurgling or hammering of a cracked pipe below ground. A ground sensor locates through hard surfaces like concrete, asphalt, and tile. A probe sensor picks up leaks through soft surfaces such as grass or carpet, or it can be used as a contact probe on above ground pipes or hydrants. Both should have shock-resistant housings to reduce unwanted noise.

Safety tip:

In order to preserve your hearing, always use a leak locator with a safety switch to protect you from sudden loud noises by muting the sound when the button is released.

Before getting started, it’s helpful to know what a leak sounds like. Leak sounds are created by three different situations:

  1. Pipe vibration, the loudest and easiest to detect. It is caused by water forced through a crack in the pipe and makes a whooshing or hissing sound.
  2. Water forced through the crack hits the surrounding soil. The type of material around the pipe affects this sound. If it’s rock or gravel, hammering or knocking sounds may be heard. If loose soil surrounds the pipe, it may be difficult to hear anything at all.
  3. Water flowing through the soil cavity will create a gurgling sound like a small stream or brook.

Loose or sandy soil, swampy or water-saturated areas, and newly buried pipes, produce a muffled leak sound that can be harder to find. A pipe that’s been leaking for some time will absorb the leak vibrations, therefore, making it more difficult to find. Pipes in rocky or hard ground transmit leak sounds best.

American Heritage Environmental, uses the best tools to detect and pinpoint the leaks on walls, crawlspaces, underground, concrete slab foundation, driveways just to mention a few with the aid of thermographics and sonar sensors, we can pinpoint the source of the leaks.

Leaks are the number one source of mold growth inside and outside homes. A small slow leak over period of time can destroy your home, as a result, it will cost hundreds of dollars in damages, in some cases, thousands! In short, some cases are not covered by your home insurance or home warranties so there is no need to risk it.

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