The importance of leak detector



A liquid gas detector is one of the most important tools for anyone who works with air installations and gas fitting. Here's why:

Health and Safety rules within the industrial, engineering and construction industries have progressed significantly over the years. Guidance now covers everything from what tools, chemicals and equipment to use, to what boots, goggles and clothing to wear. These all form best practices and standard laws that are followed to protect both the trades person and their customers.

Clearly, there weren't always thorough risk assessments and various other forms to fill in. Years ago, there were plenty of old tricks that you learnt from your father and your grandfather. Whilst they fitted their purpose back then, we have thankfully progressed to safer, more well-thought out practices. Gone are the days of tinfoil, metal coat hangers and insulation tape fixing, well, almost everything.

When it comes to spotting gas and air leaks, washing up liquid used to appear to fit the bill quite nicely. Since then we've discovered that the chemicals in washing up liquids act as a corrosive on vital parts of systems. These corrosives lead to rust, cracks and holes developing in the vital pipes and cylinders, which carry the gas, leading to dangerous leaks.

Scientific research has led to the development of liquids that are industry approved and are a requirement by regulatory bodies. They do the same job your grandfather would have used washing up liquid for, but without the risk of corroding the pipes, causing the rusting and cracks that lead to leaks and the escape of poisonous substances. This research has contributed towards up to date information that has proven how potentially deadly those innocent problem solving tricks like the use of washing up liquid really were.

Whilst for some, cutting corners and ultimately saving money is a small win, the reality of that approach could result in toxic gases being inhaled by their customers. This is why reputable trades people follow the clear and strict guidance from their regulatory bodies, including industry leaders such as Corgi and VOSA. They rely on products like Teepol's Leak Detector to meet health and safety standards and legal requirements within their field of work. The use of specifically formulated liquid gas leak detectors alongside tools like manometers ensure that systems are fitted safely and that they meet regulations.

So what does leak detector do?

Air and gas systems, such as air conditioning units or boilers, should not leak, or there are significant risks. Liquid gas leak detectors are used to identify faults, They are sprayed onto pipe joints, cylinders and fixings. Once the system being assessed is turned on the liquid will bubble up revealing if there are any leaks, enabling the engineer to act fast and fix the problem.

A liquid gas leak detector should be used during the installation of any gas and air systems. Leak detector should be found in the tool bag of all reputable gas engineers, air conditioning fitters, and any industrial traders who fit pipes that transfer gas and air. The fast acting bubble reaction from Teepol's Leak Detector enables the engineer to spot the leak easily and fix it quickly. It's an essential piece of kit, used to assist the engineer in preventing even the smallest leak progressing onto causing breaks in the pipes, and damage to systems. A few sprays of the liquid gas leak detector assists the engineer in preventing any gases in the system being released, stopping them from poisoning the air around the systems and reducing the risk of harm.

Teepol's Leak Detector uses a combination of non-corrosive ingredients. Unlike some brands, it has no ammonia or chlorides, meaning that it is safe to use anywhere. This non-flammable liquid can be applied in the most restrictive of areas and on overhead surfaces, and it will dry clean without staining. It is recognised for its quality and effectiveness in detecting leaks in all those hard to reach areas during the fitting of gas and air systems. It's safe for use with Methane, Nitrogen, Propane, Oxygen and other gas related installations. As the British Oxygen Corporation (BOC) says, Teepol's leak detector is "renowned for its efficiency".

You'll find that Teepol's leak detector in the 100ml size that comes with a lockable trigger fitting fits nicely into any tool bag. It supports engineers in following industry standards and contributes towards keeping them and their customers. As Allan Winslade, of A & J Heating and Plumbing Ltd, says of the 100ml size, "I like the bottle size, it fits in a tool bag and the on off is great. All round it's great and it does not leak in the tool bag." Another popular size is the larger 500ml bottle.

It's clear to see why this reasonably priced, vital bit of kit outshines the old school methods. Sorry grandad.

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