Focus: Dyes, Tracers and Leak Detection Equipment

Focus: Dyes, Tracers and Leak Detection Equipment
Concentrated leak inspection dyes from BRIGHT DYES.

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Dyes, tracers and leak detection equipment play an important role in helping you track down the source of your customers' plumbing problems. See how the following tools and products can help you make the right diagnosis on your next call.

Dyes

BRIGHT DYES
Concentrated leak inspection dyes from BRIGHT DYES dissolve rapidly in water and provide a vivid fluorescent color detectable in murky water, sewage or effluent. They can be used to identify leaks, infiltration and exfiltration in plumbing connections, validate sanitary and septic hookups, and perform septic inspections to identify leachfield issues, as well as sources of contamination in wells. They are safe, nontoxic, biodegradable and certified by NSF International to ANSI/NSF Standard 60 for use in and around drinking water. They are available in fluorescent yellow/green, red and orange and non-fluorescent blue, in tablet, liquid or powder form. 800/394-0678; www.brightdyes.com.

 

Tracers

Radiodetection Corporation RD547
The RD547 from Radiodetection Corporation uses acoustic and hydrogen tracer gas to locate and pinpoint leaks in underground water infrastructure. Supplied in six kit options, it provides the water-leak specialist with a flexible toolkit to tackle a broad range of leak types. To locate and trace water pipes, it can be used with the RD550 pulse wave generator. This method is suitable for locating most pipe materials, including PVC, PE, AZ, cast iron and steel. 877/247-3797; www.radiodetection.com.

 

Leak Detection

Lansas Complete Leak Location Kit
Complete Leak Location Kits from Lansas Products include an air-motor-driven hose reel (manual hose reel is optional) that comes with 500 feet of color-coded triple-test hose and a three-way air swivel, and is mounted on a heavy-duty welded frame. The Manhole Winch with footage counter can precisely indicate where leaks are found in the pipe. Hydraulically actuated, heavy-duty manhole jacks will keep triple-test hose and winch cables from damage while in use. All the technician needs to do is select the appropriate size pipe plugs needed and begin testing. 800/452-4902; www.lansas.com.

Superior Signal Model 25 Smoke Blower
The Model 25 High-Output Smoke Blower from Superior Signal blasts 4,000 cfm of smoke at 4.0 static pressure to push smoke through large systems requiring high volume and pressure. It fits all standard manholes, plus has a second outlet to blow into pipes and other openings. It can be configured for use with smoke candles or smoke fluid to quickly and easily detect sources of surface inflow and other faults in sanitary sewer lines. It has an insulated heating chamber with a stainless steel injector to maximize dry smoke output and high-quality liquid-based smoke. 800/945-8378; www.superiorsignal.com.

Turbo-Fog M-45
The Turbo-Fog M-45 is a versatile, lightweight, portable, self-contained smoke generator capable of producing dense, voluminous white smoke using leak-proof liquid smoke cartridges. Each cartridge can be replaced in seconds, allowing quick and easy replacement, even while the unit is operating, allowing for continuous uninterrupted smoke production. There is no need to add additional smoke bombs or pumping garden sprayers for additional test time. The Briggs & Stratton-powered turbine-type blower is a lightweight 45 pounds, and creates hurricane-force velocity with a discharge velocity of over 75 mph and 2,000 cfm. It continues to work under pressure up to 5.75 inches of water. It is available with a plumbing conversion kit. 800/394-0678; www.turbo-fog.com.

Vivax-Metrotech HL10
The HL10 hand-held acoustic water leak location device from Vivax-Metrotech is easy to use and compact with acoustic and visible values for a leak and pinpointing while reducing leak location time. Its acoustic properties enable it to reliably locate even tiny leaks. With three filter settings, it can be finely adjusted to the individual task and suppress interfering background noise. The visual LED indicator assists the leak location procedure and the simple, one-handed operation enables the operator to accomplish tasks easily. An LED light is built in for use in low-light areas. Greater versatility is gained by combining it with the sensitive GM 80 wind-protected ground microphone. 800/446-3392; www.vivax-metrotech.com.



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