What Is A Leak Detector?

Pipelines are the most common mode of transportation for gases, mineral oil and other fluid products in today’s world. They can be used for short-distance transport and even long-distance and they are pretty safe and decently fast. However, like all things in this world, pipelines become older and start to corrode. When that happens, it is soon followed by leaks of the fluid or gas it contains, and this is why a leak detector is needed.

A leak detection device is very important because it tells you if your pipelines are having any leaks. This is extremely useful for two reasons. The first reason is safety. Some of the gases or liquids contained in the pipes can be dangerous for the worker’s health and if a problem isn’t found and fixed very quickly, it can lead to potentially fatal situations. The second reason is productivity. Sometimes, the content of a pipeline can be very expensive and one cannot afford losing part of it due to leaking. Also, a leak detector helps increase productivity by keeping workers from inspecting pipelines manually, which takes a lot of time.

Leak detectors are of different types, each type with its own system of detecting leaks. Some are visual and use density and heat to spot a leaking problem, such as the infrared detector, while others use sound, tracking the audio “fingerprint” of a normal pipeline in order to find a leaking one. There is also the vapor-sensing tube, which relies on the smell and chemical reaction that leaks produce in order to detect them.

So if you are working near pipes and want to work in a safe and productive environment, there are enough types of leak detection devices to choose from.