The constant drip from a leak may just seem annoying, but the problems it causes can be far more serious. As an example, the leaking water could make the ground below wet causing someone to slip and injure themselves. Without resolution, the build-up of water can lead to issues with damp, which can cause structural damage to floorboards and walls, as well as corroding or rusting metals and create patches of mold.
Other issues caused by leaks include a loss of water pressure and inefficient water use. Each time the leak drips, water and money are being wasted. The cost of repairs caused by leaks can also far exceed the cost of identifying and resolving the problem.
Leaks in Manufacturing Processes
A dripping tap in a domestic property is one thing, but in manufacturing processes, where water use is high, the cost of leaks can be significant. As part of wider water management incentives, manufacturing companies are being encouraged to improve their water efficiency by investing in controlled resource management systems.
The water companies themselves also face issues with water efficiency and leak prevention is one way in which they are trying to improve their service to customers and keep costs down. A recently issued SELL report highlights the challenges faced by the water companies and makes recommendations to improve leakage performance. The report states that a ‘review of leakage is an important factor in water resource management planning’.
Thames Water company has just launched a state of the art technology of dealing with leaking pipes. They have developed an aerial approach which uses thermal imaging and infrared cameras which helps to spot possible leaks. The company’s aerial drones The company’s drones are all mannered by qualified pilots in which the drones can fly for more than 100 meters high and for a distance of 500metres to survey the landscapes.
One of the issues for the water companies and industry is that pipework is often hidden or inaccessible, making it difficult to spot the signs of a problem. One cost-effective method of resolving this problem is by constantly monitoring water flow using an ultrasonic flow meter.
Ultrasonic Flow Meter
An ultrasonic flow meter can be clamped onto the exterior of pipework of almost any dimensions. It is calibrated to monitor the normal flow rate of the liquid contained within the pipe. The device produces data on a screen, showing when the flow rate is within its usual perimeters or when it is too high or low.
Irregular flow rates are an early indication of issues within the process, which may include leaks, blockages or an issue with an earlier stage in the process. This early warning system can allow technicians to investigate, diagnose and resolve the problem prior to it resulting in excessive damage or waste.
As an ultrasonic flow meter is installed on the outside of the pipework, retrospectively adding this water monitoring device to an existing process is not complicated. It also means that installation can take place without the need for process downtime or other major disruption. It also makes it possible for flow rates to be monitored in typically unfavorable applications, such as extreme temperatures, wastewater or caustic liquids.