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Everything you need to know about helium leak detection

helium-leak-detection-slcAt Utah Leak Locate we understand one important rule. To get the best results you need the best technicians with the best equipment. As such we are happy to announce that we can now offer helium leak detection services as part of our already extensive line of work. So what is helium leak detection and how does it work?

Helium leak detection explained

Although we certainly can detect and locate helium leaks, our helium mass spectrometer tool actually uses helium to find smaller leaks or leaks that are located far below the ground. The use of helium as a tracer gas was developed during WWII in the Manhattan Project. Helium is a fantastic tracer gas because of its small molecular build up. Basically, helium will go anywhere that it can, allowing technicians to detect the presence of helium in even the smallest cracks that are not visible to the naked eye. Helium detection can be very precise because helium is virtually not present in the atmosphere.

How can helium leak detection benefit your home or business?

In most cases seismic and audio based leak detection techniques can be applied when finding the source or a gas or water leak. However, if the piping is far below ground it is not possible to use sound based tools. Rather than having to dig 20-30 below the surface, helium detection equipment can be used. These ultra-sensitive tools can detect the presence of helium when introduced to the system. If it detects the helium through the piping you know that there is a leak present and even though you cannot see it, you know right where it is underground.

Although helium leak location techniques may not be the first choice, depending on your situation it may be the wisest. If you believe that you have a water or gas leak we encourage you to request an examination by one of our trained professionals. They can advise you what method of leak detection is going to be best. Their end goal is going to be fixing your leak in the most cost effective way possible. With as little disruption to your property as well. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of helium leak detection call our office at (801) 613-0969 or leave a comment in the section below.

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