BCK-9’s expert guide: How to detect pipeline leaks
April 12, 2021at7:00 AM
Pipeline leaks are no laughing matter. If you suspect your pipeline may be leaking, acting promptly is of the utmost importance. Leaking pipelines wreak havoc on the environment, devastate wildlife, and pose a severe hazard to human health by contaminating water sources.
With over 20 years of experience, we pride ourselves on affordable, effective, and quick solutions for pipeline leakage. Under such circumstances, time is of the essence. Our military experience enables us to mobilize and respond quickly to handle any situation. It has established BCK-9 as the premier pipeline leakage detection service in Northern Texas.
BCK-9’s expert guide on detecting pipeline leakage
1. Vapor-sensing tubes
When asking how to detect pipeline leaks, one of the most common solutions is using vapor-sensing tubes. This method requires a lot of hardware. First of all, you have to install a tube along the entire length of the compromised pipeline.
The tube is porous and similar to a cable. It detects substances leaking out. If a leak’s occurring, it will come into contact with the tube in the form of vapor, gas, or dissolved water. The substances will then permeate the tube for detection.
Afterward, you’ll receive an image of the substances surrounding it. However, this requires a significant amount of equipment, time, and manpower. It may not be feasible for everyone, especially those in remote areas.
When considering how to detect pipeline leaks that are difficult to reach and transport equipment to, a flyover is among the most common solutions. However, flyovers aren’t particularly effective for primary leak detection.
Flyovers are often used in conjunction with video recordings. These videos usually have some kind of filtering, such as thermal imaging. Larger leaks manifest in recordings as a “sheen” in areas of dead vegetation or wetland.
When dealing with pipeline leakage in inaccessible regions, flyovers are an excellent cursory detection method. They may not always be the most accurate or efficient, but they’re still a viable solution. Just know this method often requires a great deal of equipment and capital.
For those wondering how to detect pipeline leaks in a way that is both accurate and capable of reaching hard-to-reach regions, canines are an unmatched solution. Historically, their heightened sense of smell sets them apart.
The sensitivity of a dog’s nose is simply unparalleled. No alternative detection method has been able to supplant the speed, efficiency, and precision their senses enable them to achieve. Dogs can pinpoint exact locations of leaks, even in rural environments and hard-to-reach areas.
Not only are they the most reliable mode of detection, but they’re also the most cost-efficient. With no heavy-duty machinery or superfluous manpower needed, canines can detect everything from the smallest, most imperceptible fractures to gaping leaks.
Whether the leak is above or underground, canines can sniff it out. At BCK-9, we’ve been supplying North Texas with premier dog detection services for 20 years. Our commitment to the frontline of your business is only comparable to the duty with which we served our country.
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If you think your pipeline is leaking, an inspection is imperative. With BCK-9, not only do you get the most affordable and accurate detection service, but our military experience enables us to respond with the urgency expected on the frontlines. Our dedication to customer satisfaction truly sets us apart in North Texas. Contact us now for a free consultation!