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Tracer Gas Leak Detection

Tracer gas leak detection is often a service used when leaks are difficult to locate. But, how is tracer gas used?


What is Tracer Gas Leak Detection?

Tracer gas leak detection is often a service used when leaks are difficult to locate. But, how is tracer gas used? 

Hydrogen, or nitrogen, tracer gas is set off into the pipe with the suspected leak issue using a cylinder of gas. The tracer gas that is used is completely safe as it is a combination of 5% hydrogen and 95% nitrogen, meaning that it is safe to use for drinking water pipes as it is non toxic and non corrosive. Once the tracer gas has been put into use, the hydrogen will exit the leak point and be detected by the highly sensitive gas detector.

The principle behind tracer gas leak detection is relatively simple. A small amount of the tracer gas, typically a non-toxic and non-flammable substance such as helium or hydrogen, is introduced into the system or structure under investigation. If there is a leak present, the tracer gas will escape and disperse into the surrounding environment. Specialised sensors or detectors are then used to analyse the air and identify the presence of the tracer gas. By tracking the concentration of the tracer gas, the leak source can be pinpointed with a high level of accuracy.

Another advantage of tracer gas leak detection is its versatility. It can be used for both indoor and outdoor applications, and it is effective in various environments and conditions. Tracer gas leak detection can identify leaks in complex systems with multiple potential leak points. It is also applicable to different types of gases and liquids, making it a versatile solution for a wide range of industries.

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    The Benefits of Tracer Gas Leak Detection

    Tracer gas leak detection is a non-destructive testing method. Unlike other techniques that may require dismantling or damaging the system to locate leaks, tracer gas leak detection allows for non-invasive inspection. This minimises downtime, reduces costs, and helps maintain the integrity of the system being tested. Furthermore, tracer gas leak detection offers a high level of accuracy and precision. By using multiple sensors and advanced analytical techniques, it is possible to locate leaks with a high degree of precision, often within centimetres. This accuracy helps in quickly identifying and addressing the leak source, leading to efficient repairs and improved system performance.

    Tracer gas leak detection is a valuable method for identifying and locating leaks in various systems and structures. Its sensitivity, versatility, non-destructiveness, and accuracy make it a preferred choice in industries where leak detection is critical. By using tracer gas, this technique enables the detection of even small leaks that might otherwise go unnoticed. Tracer gas leak detection plays a vital role in maintaining the safety, efficiency, and reliability of industrial processes and systems.

    If you are experiencing leaking with your drains, we highly recommend you use a leak detection service to find out the root of the problem. Get in touch with a member of our specialist staff today and they will be happy to put you in touch with a local engineer. DASA has a fully trained and experienced team of engineers who offer leak detection services and can quickly and effectively provide solutions. Contact us today on 0161 710 10 10 or fill in our online form here.

    How we get it right for you

    • Site Investigations

      DASA field engineers will attend at the property properly equipped to undertake a variety of non-invasive investigation techniques in the first instance. This might include electro-acoustic ground microphones, tracer gasses or thermal imaging cameras depending on the scenario presented.

    • Reporting

      We are able to live stream and share images, video and audio files immediately field for review by one of our internal engineers in seconds. A decision can be made without delay and actions and next steps agreed whilst on site with the customer.

    • Remedial Works

      We have multiskilled engineers who are able to remove and reinstall all the plumbing and electrical infrastructure necessary to find and fix the problem. Our multi trade teams and specialist restoration network means we can offer a complete end to end solution. With a focus on restoration and sustainability we can resolve all issues with the minimum of disruption and inconvenience to the customer whilst at the same time maintain a focus on cost.

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