When we think about the various technological breakthroughs in regards to home services, plumbing is not typically the first area that comes to the homeowner’s mind. Surprisingly, over the last five to ten years, plumbing technology and especially pipe repairs have continued to advance. Here’s a look at how technologies are changing pipe repairs to maximise comfort, efficiency, and cleanliness to all our homes.
New pipe repair systems
Modern-day understandings of historical pipe leak dilemmas have resulted in the evolution of pipe repair systems to pass every homeowner’s high requirements. A few years ago, Scottish engineers developed self-healing pipelines using artificial platelets to stop pipes from leaking (https://www.technologyreview.com/s/407023/self-healing-pipelines/). The platelets, made up of small pieces of polymeric or elastomeric material, are introduced into the pipeline upstream and use the flow of the fluid to carry them down the pipe toward the leak. As technology continues to evolve, more pipe repair systems will emerge, shaping the future of plumbing.
Fixing leaking pipelines can be tricky and expensive, but what if we had better pipelines to begin with? The first recorded use of pipelines was in China around 500 BC – those pipelines were made of bamboo. Now, pipelines are made from high-quality steel and protected by sophisticated coatings. Pipeline companies use these special coatings to stop oxygen and water found in the ground from corroding the steel on their pipelines. These special coatings are applied to the outside of pipelines to help protect them from corrosion and abrasion that’s caused by materials in the soil.
Use of drone systems
Drones are the newest technologies used in plumbing services. Pipe repairs are not an exception, as according to Kelly Doran, an industry solution architect, domestic drones or driverless vehicles have the potential to provide continuous surveillance for third-party intrusion and leak detection along pipelines’ right-of-ways and other critical infrastructures (http://www.aboutpipelines.com/en/blog/pipeline-big-brother-4-ways-technology-helps-companies-see-underground/). The information collected from these devices could also be configured to feed into pipeline monitoring systems. This improves a company’s ability to identify and respond to risks before they turn into incidents.
Use of camera and video technologies
Long gone is the traditional use of cameras solely for entertainment or aesthetic purposes. Now, video surveillance cameras are used for monitoring. They are inserted with hydrocarbon sensors for leak detection and can be used for temperature monitoring – they raise the alarm when temperatures exceed normal values. For broken pipes, cameras are used to quickly investigate the blockage in pipe systems close-up, providing visual verification of the problem. As part of our service, The Pipeline Specialist uses CCTV cameras to ensure quality and reliability.
At The Pipelining Specialist, we know it can be difficult to keep up with the latest trends in pipe repairs technology as advances are constantly being made. Our experts are available 24/7 to answer any questions you might have. Our services are available across Sydney – don’t hesitate to contact us today to save time and money fixing your pipe system!