Pipe Location

We are specialists in tracing water pipes and finding water leaks. Whether underground outside or under concrete or wooden floors indoors, we have invested in some of the best water pipe location equipment available in the industry.  Every van is equipped with over £20,000 of Hi-tech equipment to help find your water pipes, detect and fix water leaks and find drain pipe defects.

As part of locating pipes, we typically use a combination of equipment including Signal generators, Pipe Knockers, Tracer reels and Drainage cameras.

We have invested heavily in the latest pipe locating equipment to ensure we can track and trace pipework both indoors and outdoors, with minimal disruption

How do you locate an underground water pipe?

Utility Tracing and Pipe Locating are methods used to accurately find underground water pipes such as mains water supply pipes, underground drain pipes, electric cables and gas pipes.

It allows us to collect accurate data which aids us in many ways, such as detecting leaks on underground water pipes, locating blockages within an underground drain pipe, locating a hidden septic tank, mapping field drains and ensuring a site is clear of underground service before any excavation work is carried out.

Whether it be conductive metallic or non-conductive plastic piping, our investment in pipe tracing equipment allows us a high level of accuracy in our investigations

Signal Generator

Signal Generators

A signal generator is connected to a conductive material such as copper pipe with a secondary cable earthed into the ground through an earthing spike. Once connected the signal generator sends a pre-selected frequency signal through the line allowing us to track and find the underground pipe with the use of a Signal Receiver. Our equipment allows us to adjust our signals from 0.01 hz through 200 khz, giving us the ability to track long distance underground pipes with high frequencies or short distance at low frequencies.

Combophone Knocker

Comophone knocker

The combophone knocker is effective on all non conductive materials like Alkathene or MDPE water supply lines and pipes where little access is available. The knocker is a battery powered unit which straps around the water pipe and works like a small piston, driving out a metal shaft which knocks against the water pipe, which in turn sends out a heartbeat like sound along the pipe. Our ground microphones are able to listen for that heartbeat like sound and follow it along the presumed pipeline, allowing us to trace the line from point A to Point B with high accuracy.

Tracer Reels and utility Tracing

Glass Fibre Reel

The glass fibre reel is a highly effective and accurate way of tracing a service line like non conductive mains water supply pipes, drainage or even service ducting from as small as 15mm. The reel is inserted and fed continuously into the line, while a signal receiver unit, is used to track the reel by via the sonde attached to the reel head. This provides high accuracy in finding the path of the service and its depth.

CCTV Drain Camera

CCTV Drain Camera

The CCTV Drain camera is a camera attached to a 70 meter fiber optic reel with a sonde at its head. This serves a dual purpose within the drainage sector, we able to visually see what is going on below ground and at the same time trace the line of the service pipe. This provides for great accuracy in locating the pipe defect, digging down and final repairs, all helping to reduce overall costs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Plastic is not a good conductor of sound or electricity. This makes our job harder but not impossible, if the preferred options of signal generators and tracer reels aren’t working we can also go to the ‘Water Knocker’, this is a thumper which strikes the pipe and sends a shudder down the water in the pipe, which we can then detect

Yes, the same principles apply regardless of the covering. We have found underground water and drain pipes over two metres down and under one metre of concrete in the past

We use a range of equipment such as tracer reels, utility trackers and signal generators. All of which allows us to find underground water and drain pipes by the use of electrical signals

Yes, we will provide a sketch of the locations of all pipes we locate. This will not be to scale but will be very beneficial for almost any purpose

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Help with Insurance Companies

Much of our work is carried out on behalf of clients who have insurance cover for ‘Trace & Access’.This cover will usually pay for water leak detection companies to locate your water leak.

The Leak Detective is very aware of the limitations and scope of Trace & Access cover and will advise and guide you through the process to try and make sure your claim is covered.

Upon completion we will provide you with a written report including photos and video which can be presented to your insurer to validate your claim.

We have completed thousands of insurance claim leak detection jobs and are happy to offer free telephone advice from the outset to assist with the claim process.

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