Gas & Water Leak Detection
CGBS have decades of experience identifying gas and water leaks
If You Have A Leak, Call CGBS!
If you suspect you have a gas or water leak, you should contact a specialist leak detection company immediately, as delaying can be both costly, disruptive and dangerous. Here at CGBS, we have fully qualified Gas Safe registered commercial gas engineers on hand who can investigate the leak and remedy it.
We use the latest leak detection equipment including tracer gas, thermal imaging and acoustic profiling. If caught early enough, our engineers can detect, diagnose and repair leaks with a minimal of disruption before they become a major problem for your business. There are many good reasons for speedy leak detection of both gas and water, including:
- Eliminating costly gas and water bills
- Preventing damage and disruption to your business
- Avoiding danger to life
- Ensuring that you are not violating any regulations
Why is it important to find a gas or water leak?
As you most likely know, a gas leak within a central heating system can have a variety of hazardous implications with even fatal consequences. The reason behind this is because gas boilers create a poisonous gas known as Carbon Monoxide (CO) as a byproduct of the combustion process used to heat the water a central heating system requires to function. CO is not just poisonous but also odourless and colourless, making it very hard to know when you have a gas leak which is why Carbon Monoxide detectors are a legal requirement in all leased and commercial properties. If you have a gas leak that goes unnoticed it can potentially take the lives of anyone inside due to the gases poisonous nature, but it could also lead to fire or an explosion as the gas is flammable when it becomes concentrated. Due to the deadly consequences of a gas leak going unnoticed, it goes unsaid why their detection is extremely important.
Water leaks don’t have as detrimental consequences for people when they go unnoticed but they can have very large financial implications. As you can probably imagine, having a continuous flow of water leaking from a pipe or piece of equipment for days or weeks or even months can cause a considerable amount of damage to your property. This damage can range anywhere from minor issues like blown plaster, all the way to irreparable destruction such as rotten floors, walls and foundations. The most harmful situation that may arise from an unaddressed water leak is most likely when it reaches electrical equipment; not only is electrical equipment often very expensive to replace, but it can also pose the risk of electrocution to anyone that comes into contact with the affected equipment or surrounding water.
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Gas & Water Leak FAQs
Your questions about leaks answered
If you smell gas the first thing you should do is open all the windows to let gas out, make sure all naked flames are extinguished and don’t use any electronic devices in the property. If your property is under management and has a designated firm to deal with heating and hot water issues you should call these, if not or the call-out time is too long you should call the emergency gas number on 0800 111 999. The reason we recommend trying a designated firm if your property has one is because the emergency gas line will send an engineer to cut off your gas supply. Whereas, if you call your a designated firm they will cut off your gas supply, address the issue causing the leak and then reinstate your gas supply; completely addressing the issue. Some people may also want to cut off the gas supply at the meter themselves, which is advisable if you know where it is and what it looks like but if not leave it to the professionals and get yourself / others away from the property safely. For qualified and experienced gas engineers please call 0207 9989 005.
Rotten eggs. Carbon Monoxide on its own is odourless, which is why a chemical called Mercaptan is added to the gas to give it a distinctive smell, some describe this smell as sulphur, some rotten eggs and some rotten cabbage.
No, not all fire alarms will detect Carbon Monoxide. You would need to have a dual purpose fire and CO alarm installed, these can detect both smoke and gas leaks.
What you should do in the event of a water leak, depends on how bad the water leak is. If you’ve noticed a few drops or a small puddle of water coming from an exposed pipe, simply put a towel down to absorb the water and call an engineer or plumber to book an appointment. keep an eye on the leak, if it gets worse you will want to have an emergency call-out to fix the problem before it causes further damage. If the leak is producing a constant stream of water then you will need to get an engineer or plumber to your property as soon as possible on an emergency call-out, before it causes serious damage to your property and belongings. Make sure you turn all the electrics off at the PCB (switchboard) to prevent the risk of electrocution and if possible try put something down to catch or absorb the water such as buckets and towels.
Water leaks can be caused by many different things. If the leak is on an exposed pipe then it may of got knocked or damaged and has become disconnected at a joint or cracked, then leaking as a result. Other causes are: pipes becoming corroded over time, faulty or worn valves and seals, excessive water pressure causing a pipe to burst, blocked or clogged pipes and sudden temperature changes or frozen pipes making the pipes contract, expand and burst.
If there is a major leak there will be obvious signs such as water coming from the ceiling, water pooling on the floor or water dripping down the walls but if the leak is small there may be more subtle signs. Some of these less obvious signs of a leak behind a wall or under a floorboard are: mold or mildew growing, paint peeling or bubbling on walls, water stains on ceilings or walls, cracks on ceilings or walls, flooring warping or buckling and a the musty smell of damp that won’t go away.