How does acoustic leak detection work?

Leak Detection | Tomlinson Plumbing | Geelong | Torquay | Ocean Grove | Barwon Heads

Leak Detection - Geelong, Torquay, Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads & surrounding areas

The vibrations made by water leaks are transmitted through the water pipes and to the surface of the ground, which can then be picked up by the listening device.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

The range of sounds that can be heard are dependent upon the soil depth, type and compaction, the water pressure inside the pipe, the pipe material and the covering over the pipe, ie. concrete, grass, rubble etc.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Different pipe materials, ie metal, copper, steel, PVC or cement, transmit different sound frequencies, and some are easier to detect than others.

We can usually locate bursts within approximately a 500mm - 1 metre radius. It’s not an exact science, but we can get pretty close – and it’s much easier than digging up your entire yard!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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