What is the Accuracy of Water Leak Detection?

Water leak detection is a precise method of locating water leaks in your home. Leak detection can have an accuracy rate of up to 90% when using modern equipment.

Because of the high accuracy rate, your home will sustain less damage and you will be able to resolve the plumbing issue as quickly as possible.

Why is it critical to notice a water leak as soon as possible?

There are several reasons why early detection of a water leak is critical. A water leak can cause a lot of harm to your property if left unattended. From decaying wood and stained carpets to burst pipes and electrical problems, there’s a lot that can go wrong.

This form of harm is not only expensive but also dangerous. The sooner a leak is discovered, the more likely it is to be repaired at a lesser cost.

Is there a slab leak?

A leak in the pressurized freshwater pipes delivering water to all of your home’s faucets

What can be done about it?

  • The first method for repairing a leak is to jackhammer the concrete slab, dig down to the pipe, and repair it.
  • The second choice is to drill a tunnel beneath the slab all the way to the leaks sourced from the outside.
  • The final option is to remove the leaking line from beneath the slab and replace it with a new line that runs through the wall/attic.
  • The final option is to use an existing copper line as a sleeve and run a new line through it.

Symptoms of a Main-line leak

The longer your water line is broken, the more likely it is that damage will spread throughout the entire system. If you have a main line leak, don’t hesitate to call a plumber.

  1. Water Puddles
  2. Hissing, Whistling, or Bubbling Sounds
  3. Low Water Pressure
  4. Unexpected Water Bill Increase
  5. Water Damage on the Ceiling and Walls
  6. Mold & Mildew Presence
  7. Discolored Water


You can take some precautions to ensure that problems do not emerge, potentially preventing the need for pipe replacement. A routine inspection or water leak detection by our line locators might help you keep track of your finances.

Importance of Locating Private Utility Lines Before Doing Outdoor Work

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In the past, most utility lines were strung overhead. But nowadays, more and more lines and wires have moved underground, from telephone lines to internet cable. When you are ready to do some work in your yard, you will want to have your private lines located and marked before you begin to dig.

Miss Utility (the “call 811 before you dig” folks) is a free service that will mark the public lines. But did you know the portion of the water line from the curb or meter to your house is almost always considered private? And the electric line that runs from the house to your barn is private. That means Miss Utility won’t mark it.

Line Locators, Inc. is a private utility marking company based in Leesburg, Virginia. We can send our trained technician to your site to mark private lines- including but not limited to water, electric, communication, sewer, septic. Hitting any one of these lines or pipes will make your renovation or yard work take longer and cost more and could cause physical harm to you or those around you! So have them marked out before you start your job.

Electric Lines/cable lines are essentially wires wrapped in a protective covering. These can be energized and marked out, in most cases, using radio frequency. The same goes for metallic water lines. However, using PVC for water lines has been the norm for decades. PVC lines should be installed with a tracer wire or tracer tape so pinpoint locating in the future. But we find many times the tracer wire installation is overlooked or skipped. To locate plastic lines like this, we use Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) or may need to thump the ground and listen for the line. This is the same way we find leaks in water pipes! Check out of blog on water leak detection.

Line Locators, Inc. has been locating and marking lines at homes from Arlington to Ashburn, from Rockville to Bowie, from Fairfax to Columbia for years. If you are going to do some outdoor renovations at your home this year, make sure you call Miss Utility/811 and hire a professional locator to mark all of your private utilities too!