A comprehensive leak detection service is supplied to insurers, loss adjusters, builders, plumbers, building, facilities, maintenance managers and homeowners from across Toronto and the GTA to trace the location of water leaks. Such leaks may be visible in a variety of positions within a property, but originate from another area that is often hidden within the buildings structure.
Following the detection of the source of such leaks, a full remediation programme is also provided to restore both domestic and commercial properties back to their original condition, with minimal disruption to the work or living environment.
Interior Era utilises two different processes for identifying the source of a leak, which often occurs in pipe work concealed within the building structure.
Interior Era systems cover every eventuality and can provide evidence of the source of the leak, and consequently recommend and implement the correct remedial action required.
A variety of specialist equipment is required for locating leaks from pipes hidden in structural materials. Perhaps the most commonly used is a thermal imaging camera which works by looking for differentials in surface temperatures, and will show leaking water at a different temperature to the other mass of building material (eg a wall or floor slab).
The initial survey would be undertaken using a Thermal Imaging Camera. These cameras are able to identify very small differences in temperature on the surface of different materials. This allows us to identify pipe runs that are buried in sub-floors and other areas hidden within the building structure. One of the main advantages of these cameras is that they are non-invasive and the survey can be undertaken causing minimum disruption very quickly.
Thermal imaging identify leaks from buried pipes – the above (right) picture shows a thermal image of a bathroom floor
(pictured on left, above) and any differences in temperature will show providing evidence of where the leak is originating.
The thermal images shown above show the very clear differences in surface temperatures which indicate a water leak and the exact location of it.
Other areas where thermal imaging can successfully be used are to show where leaks occur in flat roofs as shown above.