About The Leak Detectives

A specialist Leak Detection company working across the UK

The Leak Detective was set up in 2022 as a specialist leak detection company. The original business Water Loss Solutions was formed in 2017 and re-branded in 2023 as the Leak Detective. Water Loss Solutions continues to trade in Scotland whilst the Leak Detective is being developed as a UK wide franchise business. Both businesses are operated by the same owners, Colin and David.

David Hunt took a keen interest in leak detection and began to grow his knowledge as far back as 2008 when he first invested in acoustic listening equipment. He often tells the story of an early failed investigation in 2007….

“We (Paradigm) were asked by an insurer to locate a water leak under a lovely period house; this took us weeks to locate and was eventually found in the garden some distance away. We didn’t know any better and didn’t have the knowledge or equipment to help us at that time. It was a bit embarrassing; we had spent over £5,000 trying to find a leak under the house only to find it was outside. I realised there had to be a smarter way of doing this.”

At that time, leak detection, or Trace & Access to use the industry term, was growing as a standard feature of insurance policies and the demand for these skills snowballed. As the years progressed and the skills improved, a decision was made to separate the leak detection work as a specialist service, and with that in 2017, The Leak Detective was born.


Our whole reason for existing is to bring value by accurate identification, thereby saving our clients costs and disruption

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All our engineers started as qualified plumbers and have grown their skills and knowledge sufficiently to become expert leak detection engineers. We have invested heavily in the very best of equipment to ensure we can accurately locate even the smallest of leaks, our whole reason for existing is to bring value by accurate identification, thereby saving our clients costs and disruption.

“We have lost count of the number of successful jobs we have completed. It is several thousand; some are relatively easy domestic leaks from bathrooms, others are larger commercial jobs with underground pipes losing thousands of litres per minute.”

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I am happy to say that the trace and access / repair was undertaken very professionally by the two technicians involved. A first class job and no complaints. Thanks again.
- A first class job and no complaints. Thanks again.
I had water loss solutions out to locate a leak in my flat as part of an insurance claim. They were the second company to attend after the first were…
- Water loss solutions were out for less than two hours and located two separate leaks, amazing!!!
Highly recommend. Very professional, knowledgeable and highly skilled. From start to finish a very good understanding of our needs. Found and repaired a mains leak under driveway. Very happy with…
- Highly recommend. Very professional, knowledgeable and highly skilled.
I had almost lost hope of sorting the damp problem in my guest room. Lots of failed attempts with various companies, lots of sleepless nights. After some research, I found…
- Friendly staff, reliable service and not too pricey either. Could not recommend them enough!
Thanks to Lorraine in the office and Nick the Engineer who attended the property. Both very polite and very knowledgeable. The pinhole leak in the underfloor CH pipe was found…
- I would not hesitate in recommending WLS.
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