How do leak detection companies find leaks?

Leak detection is the process of identifying where leaks are so they can be resolved promptly. Leaks on the surface may be simple to detect, but that’s not always the case with leaks inside walls. How do leak detection companies find leaks? Is there a way to do this without tearing down walls? 

Thermal imaging for leak detection (infrared thermography)

One of the leading ways leak detection companies find leaks is with thermal imaging technology. Infrared scanners can pinpoint moisture patterns, temperature changes, flooding, and leaks that may not be visible to the naked eye. This is similar to getting an X-ray or other internal scan at the doctor’s office. The scan gathers information about the internal structure without affecting the external features. 

Signs of leaks in thermal imaging

There are different ways to find leaks using infrared thermography. For instance, a triangle of moisture within the walls may indicate where the source of the leak is (the large part of the triangle) and where it is trickling down to. A leak from a hot water pipe may show the hot water leaving the pipe, or perhaps a cool spot where air is getting into the piping.

Ceiling leaks may show as large pools of moisture rather than triangles along the walls. Flooding may display as a deep bed of moisture on the ground, followed by lower moisture levels above from water absorption.

What to do after finding a leak

If thermal imaging or any other leak detection program indicates that you have a leak, it is best to get it addressed right away. This may require some demolition to gain access to the leak, or there may be a way to resolve it from the surface. 

In addition to fixing the leak, you’ll need to tackle any excess moisture the leak may have caused. This can lead to mold and structural damage over time, even if you’ve fixed the leak itself. 

JK Industries offers advanced leak detection, as well as joint sealing, concrete waterproofing, wet glazing, and other services. Reach out to schedule your professional leak inspection.