Detecting leaks in any home or business can be a daunting task as you become a leak detector and not detecting one can even be a safety hazard. Everyone wants to know they are protected against leaks even though some are not dangerous they may be costly to repair if not discovered quickly.
Leak detection can be anything from swimming pools to a water leak on your hot water tank, a slab foundation leaking, irrigation systems, plumbing, freon out of an air conditioner, refrigerant out of a refrigerator, radon, methane, propane and carbon monoxide gases and even septic tank systems.
Our site is all about discovering valuable information to help educate and assist in determining if a leak exists, some of the hazards that come along with it and finding equipment that may be handy in minimizing any future disasters and being alerted at the earliest onset of a potential issue. Remember not all leaks are obvious like some instances of water.
If you already have an alarm or leak detector in your home or in a place outside for a garage or septic tank, don’t ignore the alarm or beeps when they go off thinking it’s a dead battery. Yes, false alarms can happen but practice safety first when it comes to a protection device sounding off.
Water can leak just because there is a simple hairline crack in a pipe that is hidden or in places you don’t normally hang out like under the kitchen sink. Leaving a water leak undetected can eventually cause a messy clean up, unusable and obvious swimming pool issue and be costly because a home water bill increases dramatically. Sometimes that is the homeowner’s first clue that an issue is at hand. Frozen water pipes bursting can cause a mass amount of water and if not cleaned up properly, unhealthy molds can form and cause allergies to increase. Water leak detectors also exist for sump pumps in case the sump pump isn’t doing its job or the water gets too high. Keep in mind sump pumps typically do not work when the electricity goes out.
Carbon Monoxide Leak
Carbon monoxide can be a deadly and silent not visible to the eye. Investing in a carbon monoxide detector is as important as a smoke alarm. Smoke alarms do not detect this gas. You have to purchase a separate detector or one that states it is specifically for both purposes. Carbon monoxide can build up due to a hidden issue with an appliance or furnace or even a blocked up chimney. If you choose to purchase a carbon monoxide detector, be sure to read the instructions on the proper placement of it in your home or business. If you have more than a one story home or something like a detached garage, you may want to consider having more than one.
Freon is a group of chemicals used for refrigeration so it’s what makes an air conditioner and refrigerator in a house work. Refrigerants can evaporate making it difficult to detect a leak. However, that might be the first thing you suspect if your vehicle’s air conditioner quits giving you cool air. Unfortunately, this is typically a repair needed by a professional. If you can detect a freon leak early and get it corrected, you might also save yourself some money.
Radon comes as a natural result of the breakdown in uranium and can have a tendency to accumulate under slabs and foundations. Long term exposure to significant amounts of it can be harmful and potentially cause health issues. Some new home buyers will pay for additional testing such as radon before they live in a house but not very many people test for it in their existing home. Radon detectors are available but if an unsafe amount is discovered, a professional will need to be contacted for resolution.
Methane comes from the decomposition of living materials such as wood, plants or animal life. Most of us know it or it’s sometimes referred to as ‘natural gas’ or ‘swamp gas’. It can be discovered anywhere from volcanoes to farms to landfills and is the second largest component of greenhouse gas. It can be found helping to heat and cook in homes. Methane is extremely flammable. A methane detector in this instance can help determine the source of a leak before bigger issues occur or atleast reduce some of the noxious smell that may result if it’s not repaired. Click here for more on Methane.
Sometimes referred to as liquid petroleum gas, propane has an odor added so the gas can be readily detected. It’s one of the cleanest burning fossil fuels and is not toxic to soil or water. Propane can serve a multitude of purposes including water heaters, outdoor gas grills, furnaces and fireplaces. It is also heavily used in businesses and on farms. Are you one of the many Americans who have a white tank parked on their country property for heating or has a smaller white tank next to the grill? Just because they look like heavy duty metal doesn’t mean they won’t leak. Having a propane leak detector makes good sense.
This site assists you with learning more about the various types of leaks that can occur and need your attention or that of a professional service technician. If you know of someone who purchased a new home, think about giving them a combination smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm.
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