Friday, 6 March 2015

Finding a water leak on a Fire Ring Main

Fire Water Ring Main 

Where a number of fire hydrants are required because of the area of the premises to be covered, the mains supplying these systems should be in the form of a ring main to form a complete circuit of the site. Isolating valves should be incorporated in the system so that sections of the ring main can be isolated to enable repairs to be carried out.

Leak Detection Case Study at Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant.

How the plant works :

The straw is burned in a boiler to produce high temperature, high pressure steam, which is used to drive the steam turbine generator. The steam drives the turbine’s rotor, which in turn generates electricity that is then fed into the national grid. The spent steam is collected and condensed into water before being channelled back into the boiler to start the cycle again. There is between 30-60 lorry loads of straw delivered every day to site to keep the process moving. The process is virtually carbon neutral because the combustion of the straw only releases the carbon dioxide that the wheat absorbed from the atmosphere during its growth.

The process offsets the equivalent CO2 levels which otherwise would have been released from burning fossil fuels to generate the same amount of electricity. Overall, this reduces the UK’s carbon emissions by over 150,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum.

Sustainable Fuel

The plant’s technology means it can only combust clean biomass and in this case it will burn straw, a by-product of wheat production, which is available in abundance in the UK; indeed Government estimates suggest that there are 3 million tonnes of surplus straw in the east of the country.

Annually the plant will combust 240,000 tonnes of straw, which will be sourced within a 50 mile radius with the majority from farms within a 30-mile radius of the plant.

The Problem

Leak Detection Specialists were contacted regarding a possible leak on the fire ring main. They suspected a possible leak due to the jockey pump topping up the pressure constantly in the mains around every 90-100 seconds all day every day. The PVC plastic pipe work on the fire ring main runs approximately  600-700 meters in length going all the way around the site with a diameter of 10inch.

The Solution

LDS Leak Detection Specialists Ltd offer a leak detection service providing a non-destructive solution to finding leaks in any pipe work and are the UK's No. 1 in Commercial and Industrial Leak Detection. LDS utilise specialist equipment coupled with our engineers technical expertise to locate hidden leaks  quickly with minimal disruption to your business preventing shutdowns and saving your business money. We specialise in finding leaks in Fire Ring Mains and a Leak Detection Survey for the site was booked at their earliest convenience.

Finding The Leak

On arrival, our L.D.S engineers attended the required inductions for the site and were given plans of the site and pipe work.  Due to the amount of pipe work to be checked our engineers set about narrowing down the leak to a smaller more manageable section. Using various leak detection testing methods our engineers were able to narrow down the leak to 1 smaller section of pipe work (around 150m). To accurately pinpoint the leak to an even smaller area (0.75 sq metres) our engineers would need to carry out a tracer gas survey. On the day of our leak detection survey the plant was running and for insurance reasons the fire ring main could not be shut down completely and so it was arranged that our engineers would return on a day when the plant was on 'shut down' for maintenance.

Day Of 'Shut Down': Our engineers returned to site on the agreed day of the plant shut down to carry out a leak detection tracer gas survey to the smaller section of pipe they had found previously found to have the suspected leakage. The tracer gas survey was carried out and an area of leakage was located in this section. The area was marked up ready for the excavation and repair to take place.

The Result

Since L.D.S. Leak Detection Specialists Ltd completed the survey and located the leak, the area has been excavated and the leak has been repaired. The pressure on the fire ring main is now holding confirming the leak was found and repaired saving a lot of unnecessary water and money being wasted. L.D.S. Ltd have now visited the site on two separate occasions and both times have located the leak in different sections of the pipe work.


Leak Detection Specialists offer a professional non destructive leak detection service and have a 99% success rate of finding leaks accurately due to our skilled engineers and various methods of leak detection techniques used. We have engineers all over the UK enabling us to provide a fast response. As a trusted partner of major insurance companies, plumbers and property owners we have helped thousands of people by finding leaks quickly and cost effectively, with minimal disruption. We are insurance approved for all 'trace & access' claims.

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Sunday, 1 March 2015

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Saturday, 28 February 2015

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Friday, 27 February 2015

Leak Detection Testimonials 2015




Our customers depend on us to provide reliable, professional customer service. We do our best to meet and exceed their high standards. Here's what just some of  our customers say about our team so far in 2015.

Christine Pickering, Oxford
"I just wanted to let you know that I was delighted with Barry and Howard this morning, they arrived on time, and there obvious expertise was second to none. "

Keith Brown, Norwich
"Bernie was fantastic. Very agreeable despite having to collect/return keys from another location, and being given wrong ones! And was thorough, knowledgeable and communicative. His standard of service was much appreciated. "

Nicole Sabine, London
"Thanks so much. Bernie was an absolute star. And I filled out the survey accordingly. Thank you too Claudine for your help! "

Judy Bell, Cumbria
"Brett was punctual, courteous and knowledgeable. He identified the problem and dealt with it, which I did not expect. I anticipated that I would have to call a plumber/other professional once the leak was identified. I appreciate that a plumber is required to deal with the minor matter. I would recommend and thank Brett for his help, expertise and advice on a semi related matter regarding my boiler. Very professional. Thank you. Excellent service. "

Mike Smith, Ascot
"Highly recommended. "

Trevor Brown, Suffolk
"Russell was very professional, most courteous, quietly got on with it and found it. One could not ask for anything more. First Class. "

Mark Davies, Luton
"Excellent service thank you, would recommend. "

Andrew Smith, Dorking
"Please pass our thanks to Mark & Colleague. The leak has now been fixed and reservoir back to normal level."

Keith Brown, Norwich
"First time I have used LDS but I would again without hestitation and will be recommeding Russell contacted me twice whilst he was on site and he came over as being very professional and knowledgable LDS to my colleagues."

Derek Hancock, East Kilbride
"Without the use of your company I would have had to embark on pulling up every floorboard in my house, meaning lots of stress and mess. As it transpired, my leak was detected in the cavity wall of my home, where the central heating pipe goes through the wall. It was found by emptying my system and filling with tracer gas. I am glad I used yourselves and you found it in half a day without the need for hiring a plumber and joiner who would have turned my house upside down and never found anything as the leak was actually in the wall. Got npower out to replace the pipe and all has been ok for 3 days now. Thanks LDS. Highly recommended and appreciated. Oh, and I was covered through my Buildings Insurance for trace and access."

JAMES ETHERINGTON, Image Contracts, London
"I would and have already recommended LDS to other contractors /customers. "

Sylvia Amos, Hallow, Worcestershire
"Very pleasant and professional."

Anne Bacon, Hemel Hempstead
"Very pleased with the service and engineer, thank you. "

Steve Smith, Torquay
"Thank you for the great job that your guys did this morning, they found the leak and it is holding pressure. "

For more LDS customer testimonials please visit our website