Leak Detection

Leak detection is a specialised field. Don't wait until water leaks have caused significant damage inside your home, and instead, trust the advanced leak detection equipment and an experienced plumber for unseen leaks.

When fixing leaking pipes, after identifying the leak making use of leak detection equipment such as thermal imaging testing, sound equipment, dye tests or gas tests, we often have to expose the area where the leak was detected. After we have fixed the leak, we normally advise that the area needs to be exposed for a specified period of time before being closed up, in order for it to dry out completely.

Our experienced plumbing teams are on the road servicing clients in Durbanville, Bellville, Brackenfell, Parow, Monte Vista, Goodwood, Edgemead, Bothasig and surrounding areas of the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa.


Thermal Imaging Testing

Thermal imaging testing is used to pinpoint pipes in the wall that are leaking, as a hotter (hot water) or colder (cold water) temperature is picked up where the leak is.


Dye Testing

Dye tests are used whereby a dye is added to water and poured over a suspected leaking area – the dye will indicate where the leak is. Also used for testing in sewer systems and waste pipes.


Audio Testing

Audio tests are used whereby a microphone is placed over the suspected area to “hear” a leaking pipe. Normally one can only hear running water on metallic pipes, such as copper or galvanized pipes etc.


Pressure Testing

Pressure testing equipment is used to indicate a loss of pressure due to a leak on a cold or hot water pipe.

You take great care of your home. From making sure the lawn is in tiptop shape to the interior staying clean and tidy, you understand the importance of homeowner maintenance. But, hearing the “drip, drop,” of the faucet in your bathroom is a nuisance that just keeps getting pushed to the backburner. This telltale sign of a leak could be linked to a deeper-rooted issue in your home that you can’t see for yourself. The plumbing experts from The Plumbing Company have advanced leak detection technology that helps diagnose or prevent huge leaks in your home’s plumbing.

Water Leak Consequences

A tiny leak in your home is seemingly uncomplicated. But what many homeowners don’t realize is that tiny, visible leaks can lead to larger, unseen leaks that may cause serious damage inside your home. Some consequences of untreated or undetected leaks include power failure, equipment failure and water damage that can lead to wood rot, rusting, or mould.

Signs of a Water Leak

There are two kinds of water leaks in your home, and both are damaging.

1: The Leaks You Can See: Some leaks are easily detectable. For instance, if your water bill has skyrocketed recently or you can see visible water damage on your ceiling, you most likely have plumbing issues that need to be addressed.

2: The Leaks You Can’t See: Even diligent homeowner leak checks can miss the leaks hiding behind your walls. These unseen leaks can promote mould growth, putting your family at risk for health issues, and cause interior water damage that compromises the structure of your home.

7 Reasons Water Leak Detection is Important

1. Cost of Water Bills

We all know water isn’t free, and as it becomes scarcer and harder to get the price is going up and up. Therefore, it is so important to make sure that water is paid for is not being wasted. By hiring a professional to come in and carry out water leak detection in a home or business, big money can be saved in the long term.

2. Water Safety

Simply having a water supply isn’t enough. It’s necessary to know that that water supply is safe for family members or any employees to use. If the water supply pipes are leaking, it can be that contaminants are getting into the water that people drinking or using for other purposes. Also, if wastewater pipes are leaking it can be contaminating the entire property. Professional water leak detection can give owners peace of mind.

3. Environment

If an owner or business is concerned about the environment, then they certainly want to give some thought to the possibility of leaking pipes. Freshwater supplies are under pressure as our population booms and our requirements for water drastically increase. Droughts are taking place across the country, snowpacks are being reduced each year and reservoirs in many provinces are at their lowest levels ever. Conserving our water supply through water leak detection is simply the smart thing to do.

4. The Cost of Delay

One of the problems that result from not dealing with water leaks early is that the consequences can be even more expensive later. A limited amount of damage can grow to a great deal more if undetected. Water leak detection allows homeowners and businesses to quickly repair a problem before it gets out of hand, saving a great deal of trouble and expense later.

5. Damage to Other Property

Water leaks can do more than just waste water. Over time, a leak in the ground can cause significant damage to the foundation of a home or building, increase moisture within the structure and encourage the growth of mould and other infestations. All these problems could prove to be very expensive to solve. In addition, breaks from water mains can result in damage to other buildings or to entire neighbourhoods, which places the responsible party at considerable financial liability for any property loss. A determined effort toward water leak detection can help to mitigate the possibility of these disasters happening.

6. Maximizing Usage

One significant benefit that communities get from water leak detection is that they can achieve the maximum benefit from their current water supply system. Therefore, they can delay implementing further expansions and additions to that system until they are needed.

7. Reliable Water Supply

One of the most important reasons for carrying out water leak detection is to ensure reliable water supply. The concern here is not just about making sure there is enough drinking water, as vital as that is. Many businesses and industries also must have a constant supply of water for them to carry out their operations. In addition, emergency services such as the fire department could be significantly impacted if the water supply and pressure become unreliable.