The Leak Detection Belfast Specialists
Claim Xtra have over 50 years’ experience in detecting water leaks. Using the latest technologies and our vast experience, we can detect, locate and fix the issues with minimal disruption to you, the customer.
As we use the latest non-invasive technologies around, in most situations we can locate the source of the problem and not cause unnecessary extra damage to your home.
Our Rapid Response team aim to be with you within 24 hours or at a time of your convenience.
Leak Detection Belfast Methods
Claim Xtra consider moisture mapping to be an essential Leak Detection tool, required alongside all methods of Leak Detection. Following a visual inspection, moisture readings are taken to measure and quantify the moisture content of all affected materials, then documented and correlated to help determine the source of the leak.
Claim Xtra use moisture mapping to some extent in every case for both diagnosis and repair.
Acoustic Leak Detection
Using our Acoustic Trace & Access Leak Detection System, Claim Xtra can accurately locate and plot the route of all water services running throughout your property. Leaks and burst pipes can be identified using sound, this includes pipework housed in concrete, brick, timber, tarmac, and soil.
Claim Xtra typically use this method to identify leaks within pressurised heating systems and burst pipes on mains supplies and internal mains feeds.
Claim Xtra use Thermal Imaging/infrared cameras to identify heat differential within materials. Cold and warm can be directly correlated to wet and dry, allowing for quick, effective, and non-invasive leak detection in some situations.
Claim xtra typically find thermal imaging most effective when detecting leaks in hot water and heating systems, particularly when pipes are set in screed.
After draining the water pipe and introducing Tracer Gas, the gas will always make its way to the surface, this allows Claim Xtra to detect the leak using a highly sensitive gas detector. Tracer Gas is non-toxic, non-corrosive and provides pinpoint accuracy, as the gas is expelled from the pipe at the precise location of the leak.
Claim Xtra only introduce Tracer Gas to more inaccessible pipes, especially those located at depth in subfloors etc, this method generally eliminates the need for unnecessary excavation other than to repair the leak.
Much like moisture mapping, Claim Xtra consider Borescoping to be an essential Leak Detection tool, generally used in conjunction with other methods of Leak Detection.
With minimal disruption, a Borescope allows the visual inspection of internal cavities as well as the ability to capture digital photograph and video.
Claim Xtra generally use a Borescope to access and document minor weeps and leaks in otherwise inaccessible areas.
Dye testing is a basic process used when locating otherwise inaccessible leaks and burst pipes, but is generally restricted to waste and sewer pipes.
Claim Xtra often use water tracing dyes as a preliminary test when detecting leaks, defects and breakages in external drainage pipes and internal waste and sewer pipes.
A Salt Analysis test will indicate the presence of nitrates and chloride salts found in a material after the presence of soil water, sometimes, dismissing the need for Leak Detection, further tests are required to confirm the exact source.
Claim Xtra use Salt Analysis testing as it gives an immediate result and can confirm that damage is consistent with and as a result of a leak or burst pipe, rather than a pre-existing condition or building defect.
Water leaks can often result in a loss of pressure within a heating system. A drop in pressure from your taps or a reduction of pressure in your heating system is a sure sign of a leak somewhere in the system.
Our technicians will measure the pressure between certain areas of the system, thus narrowing the source of the problem. Measurements will be taken over a period of time to account for heating being on and off. Post pressure testing can be used after a leak has been fixed to give extra peace of mind.