Residential and Commercial Property Checks – Pressure testing plumbing lines on new buildings.

Residential and Commercial Property Checks – Pressure testing plumbing lines on new buildings.

Pressure Testing Plumbing Lines – Can Your New Plumbing Lines Pass The Pressure Test?

With all areas of construction, whether residential, commercial or industrial, many tests and checks have to be carried out to ensure that the completed buildings are safe for use.  This can range from gas supply leak checks and the testing of electricity supplies, to the certification of properly fitted doors and windows.

However, one important element that has to be thoroughly checked is the pipework and water systems.  Water is a destructive natural force and damage from any water escape can cost thousands of pounds.

Installing a new water system into a property is not just about providing running water from a tap and the ability to flush a toilet; there are various aspects to consider including:-

  • Minimising the sound of water flow, either when running through pipes or from the tank.
  • The material of the fitted pipes should be appropriate for the temperatures of the flowing water and local standards.
  • Pipework needs to be compatible with and properly connected to heating or cooling systems.
  • Line pressure of the water flow in and out of the system is correct, thereby avoiding contamination, backflow, leaks and burst pipes.

A water system is a continuous cycle and the pressure applied is what forces the water around that system.  The flow of the water has to be varied for different uses; you would not want the water from a kitchen tap to gush at the same rate as it would to flush a toilet. Too little pressure would result in a trickle from your tap, not ideal when filling a bathtub.

Therefore, the system has to be set up correctly with the appropriate rate of pressure being applied where necessary.   You need to consider where the water is flowing to, for example if it is being sent up a twenty storey office block; a higher amount of pressure would be needed via a booster pump compared to sending it to the upstairs bathroom in a house.

One common danger is when the pressure that is applied is too much and the force of the water causes a burst pipe.  Incorrect pressure can also cause trapped air pockets, increasing the pressure on the valves and seals.  In most systems, water pumps and pressure valves are used to control the water flow but it is vital to test the property after installation, to ensure the level of pressure is correct and instigating a system of regular monitoring and maintenance to avoid water leaks.

Many websites attempt to advise on how to check the pressure of your water system – filling with water using gravity, taking measurements and making calculations – but do you really have the time and skill to do this and be confident that you pipe-line installations are correctly installed with zero leaks?

A cost effective way to have the entire pipe system checked (both supply and drainage lines), is ensuring pipe integrity via the use of higher pressure testing up to full design pressure instead of that of just gravity.  Also checking that water flow is safe and correct through the use of water detection equipment.  An NDT non-invasive, innovative, affordable technology-based service that can swiftly test all your pipework and provide you with a seal of approval that the property is safe and good to go prior to hand over!

For information on how we can help if you suspect a leak, consult LeakDTech’s professionals now!

Is your industrial kitchen leaking money and water

Is your industrial kitchen leaking money and water

At Leak Dtech we fully understand the importance of having a fully functioning industrial kitchen and the impact that unexpectedly having to close has on your business. Not all water leaks are as obvious as your kitchen representing an indoor version of the Dubai Fountain, so here are some signs to look for:
  • Wet or black grout around floor and wall tiles, mold is one of the most common signs of an hidden issue
  • Saturated or movable floor drains due to a lack of maintenance that are no longer water tight
  • Ice on the floor or dripping from ceiling of refrigerators due to badly sealed doors or insulation panels
  • Condensate collection within gypsum walls or around base of cold stores due to incorrect installation
  • Blocked or backed up drains due to incorrect use or design of grease traps
  • Sweating or pooling of water around drainage lines due to lack of insulation from colder condensate water
  • Overhead dripping from expansion joints or slabs due to adjacent property water leaks
  • Water leakage from incorrectly installed drinks machines or pot wash sinks
  • General quality of floor water proofing or tile finishing

Don’t just take our word for it, here’s some feedback from just one of our satisfied customers:

‘After meeting many contractors and going through a lot of hassle and different process, we met the amazing team of Leak Dtech who were able to assist and find the solution. Through detailed reports and specific investigation in a timely manner, we were able to work together to find the solution. The team is very helpful and professional , a great asset to Dubai market.

The service and the dedication and sense of partnership taking the issue as their own…an excellent experience’

Hard Rock Cafe Dubai

10 Signs of a water leak

10 Signs of a water leak

Water leaks are one of the most common household problems that people deal with on a regular basis. Not only is it a household problem, many restaurants and hotels too encounter this galling situation quite frequently. If you notice any of the signs of a water leak, as listed below – they are a good indicator that it might be time to call a professional to get the problem investigated and fixed.

1. Damp Walls

Damp walls and ceilings are usual notifiers and while they might not bother you easily, they eventually turn into an unpleasant sight and lead to the growth of mould. It also creates a shoddy impression on visitors when they notice it.

2. Foul Odour

This signal is very unpleasing and probably the most frustrating. You do not know where the smell is emerging from and it vexes your mind when trying to locate its origin. It is likely that when you do find it, you will also uncover a water drip.

3. Water Bills

If you find an unexpected peak in your water bills which doesn’t correct itself in the future, get your property checked to find if there is any unwanted water seeping through. It might well save you the extra money being paid every month for water bills.

4. Water level in swimming pools

Does your swimming pool look like it’s getting drier by the day? Well, a little evaporation is expected if you live in a place with high temperatures. However, if the water levels seem to be reducing by leaps, you might need to be concerned about a possible water leakage.

5. Continuous sound of water

The sound of flowing water resonates a feeling of relaxation for many people. However, this is true if the sound is from a water body and not within your property. If the sound is from within your property, call a professional to find any possible leaks and feel relaxed once the sound has stopped.

6. Wet floor

Wet floors can cause people to slip and cause injuries. Before this happens, look for the origin of the water if the floor is wet unexpectedly. And if you find an unexpected water leak that cannot be fixed by yourself, call in a professional and get it checked.

7. Cracks on the walls

This can be visually unpleasing and can spoil the look of any well designed interior space. Spotting cracks on the wall that are evidently visible, can lead to broken pipes within a wall. Before you repaint the wall, fix any potential water leak.

8. Mold

As a result of water logged walls, mold can result when a buildings air conditioning breaks down or is not functioning correctly so that dampness is no longer hidden. If a rooms airation or air conditioning is inadequate and water leaks exist, this normally will result in the growth of mold.

9. Warped wood

Wooden furniture or door frames can be another strong indicator of a presence of dampness. If for an unknown reason, you find any wooden floor, door frames or furniture that look warped and damp, it may be giving you a hint to a nearby water leakage.

10. Condensation

Condensation happens when the air is moist and evaporated water is being condensed due to exposure to a cooler temperature. However, if you find condensation happening regularly in a specific area and that too without noticeable shifts in the temperature, it is due to a water being present somewhere near.

LeakDTech is a professional service provider for fixing even the most complex and hidden water leaks with your property, be it a commercial or residential one.

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