How to detect pipeline leak using the latest technologies within seconds

Leak detection and correction in buildings is a major safety requirement. This is especially true for old, dilapidated structures that are still in use for business or are domesticated. Old structures are not only subject to a risk of leaks and cracks due to the weathering of mortar but can also develop crevices through the seeping moisture over the years. A traditional leak detection system helps find and repair these leaks and cracks in walls, buildings, pools, and pipelines. But the conventional methods of leak testing are not always as effective as you would deem them to be. If the leak or crack is large enough to be caught, conventional leak detectors might suffice. But in case of hair cracks or minute leaks, these methods might as well fail to identify the damage. These unidentified leaks can prove to be fatal in case of an accident.

Modifying the Traditional Leak Detection System with Technology

To find a solution to this problem and taking cue from already present technologies like the helium leak detector, the latest technology of infrared testing was fused with the prevalent traditional testing methods. The thermographic infrared inspection is not contact based, unlike the conventional leak detection methods. The thermographic infrared inspection is non-invasive and non-destructive compared to its prior counterparts. The basic principle of inspection using thermography includes measurement of temperatures of all the surfaces to be tested. Infrared devices are used to absorb the radiations emitted by the surface and a thermographic image is formed. The inspection of the infrared anomalies in this image by experts reveals any damages, cracks, or leaks that might be present in the structure. Factors such as energy loss, air flow, moisture level in the structure, electrical and insulation defects are taken into account while studying the image for damage and leak detection.

This technique is fool proof and is a huge improvement over the earlier contact based leak detection techniques. Not only can it be used to detect cracks and leaks in buildings and walls, it also helps identify minor leaks in delicate structures. Since no contact is required and just the temperature measurements are involved, no damage whatsoever is caused to the structure. This advantage makes thermographic infrared inspection a suitable method to identify a swimming pool leak or faults in electrical connections across a building.

Why to Go for Thermography?

If accuracy and non-distruptive inspection procedure are not reasons enough, thermography infrared inspection is highly cost effective and safe to use even in an under construction or already functional structure. Also, the infrared detection report is a primary requirement for any building to obtain a LEED certificate. This report might even be used for future reference in case of any further damages that might be incurred by the architecture. Thermography leak testing has emerged as an innovative, long term, and easy leak detection solutions for structural engineers who are leveraging the technology to their benefit more and more with further evolution of the technology.