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New Leak Testing System to Save Plumbers Money and Time

A new leak detection system which will enable plumbers to accurately identify damaged water pipes has been developed by engineers at the University of Sheffield.

The ground-breaking invention in the plumbing industry is set to significantly improve leak detection, reduce wasted water supply and help plumbers save both, time and money in carrying out repairs.

The new pipes testing system works by transmitting pressure waves along them and sends back a signal if it passes any leaks or cracks in the pipes’ surface. The strength of that signal can then be analysed to determine the location and the size of the leak.

According to the Water Services Regulation Authority (OFWAT) as much as 40 per cent of water supply is being lost through leaky pipes each year. The invention has been developed in partnership with the University’s Department of Civil Structural Engineering (DCSE) and Yorkshire Water

The device has now been trialled at Yorkshire Water’s field operators training site in Bradford and results show that it offers a reliable and accurate method of leak testing. Leaks in cast iron pipes were located accurately to within one metre, while leaks in plastic pipes were located even more precisely, to within 20cm, the University said in a statement today.

Commenting on the invention, Dr James Shucksmith, who led the trial at the DCSE, said: “We are very excited by the results we’ve achieved so far: we are able to identify the location of leaks much more accurately and rapidly than existing systems are able to, meaning water companies will be able to save both time and money in carrying out repairs.”

Dr Shucksmith explained that the system has already delivered very promising results at Yorkshire Water and that they look forward to find an industrial partner to develop the device to the point where it can be manufactured commercially.

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Nigel Naisbit talks about plumbing training with T4TS

Nigel Naisbit is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Nigel to find out how his plumbing course is going.

You can listen to the full interview with Nigel from Train4TradeSkills Radio via AudioBoo at: www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills   

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Craig Hodge talks about plumbing training with T4TS

Craig Hodge is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Craig to find out how his plumbing course is going.

You can listen to the full interview with Craig from Train4TradeSkills Radio via AudioBoo at: www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills   

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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Marcus Simmonds talks about plumbing training with T4TS

Marcus Simmonds is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Marcus to find out how his plumbing course is going.

You can listen to the full interview with Marcus from Train4TradeSkills Radio via AudioBoo at: www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills   
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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Colin Pearse talks about plumbing training with T4TS

Colin Pearse is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Colin to find out how his plumbing course is going.

You can listen to Colin’s Interview from Train4TradeSkills Radio via AudioBoo at: www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills   
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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Plumbing tutor Paul Brock talks about plumbing training with T4TS, Part 1

Paul Brock is a plumbing tutor at Train4TradeSkills fulfilment centre in Southampton. Train4TradeSkills Radio spoke to Paul to find out what students make of his training and how they are going to use it to develop their career.

Listen to Paul’s Interview from Train4TradeSkills Radio via AudioBoo at: www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills 

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