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Leak Detection Methods to Find Leaks in Your Sacramento Home

Published on December 3, 2013

Video Inspections Most Preferred Method of Leak Detection


Whether you are a rookie or a veteran home owner, you know the damage a leak can cause if left undetected. You probably also know the common signs you have a leak – wet spots, a high water bill, etc.

But, finding that leak is a little bit more difficult. Because your plumbing is made up of so many different pipes that go in all sorts of directions, it’s hard for the layman to pinpoint a leak’s exact location. Fortunately, Boyd Plumbing can help.

Our team of expert plumbers are trained in four different leak detection methods: infrared technology, ultrasonic detection, video camera inspections, and smoke detection. Not sure what those are, or when they would be used? No problem – we can help with that, too.

Four Leak Detection Methods

  1. Infrared technology allows our plumbers to see within your walls and floors to find the leak, without having to tear out any foundation. It scans and detects all areas where water is present, even through concrete, steel, and wood. Using this method is especially helpful if you have a roof leak because we can scan the water damaged areas, and determine exactly where the water is trapped.
  2. Ultrasonic leak detection uses sound to find the source and its success depends on whether the leak is turbulent or not. Turbulence is caused by the friction and collision of gas molecules as they are forced from an area of higher pressure to one of lower pressure. So if your leak is in a pressurized refrigerant system, for example, this would probably be the best method to use. Many factors will affect the amount of turbulence or sound that is emitted from a leak and our leak detection experts at Boyd Plumbing understand all of them. So, if there’s a leak, we’ll find it.
  3. A video camera inspection is our most preferred method because of its simplicity. We send a fiber-optic cable down the length of your pipeline to get a clear picture of everything, so we can easily determine the source, the location, and the best course of action for repair.
  4. If none of the above methods prove successful, we will turn to smoke detection. If it comes to this, we will send harmless smoke into your pipeline and watch where it escapes.


At Boyd Plumbing we guarantee that we’ll find your leak or you don’t pay! Our plumbers are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week – call us today!

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