Is it Worth Hiring a Leak Detection Company?

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Is it Worth Hiring a Leak Detection Company?

Introduction: Is it Worth Hiring a Leak Detection Company?

In today’s world, where every drop of water counts, the detection of leaks is paramount. Whether you’re a property owner, homeowner, or property manager, the threat of water leaks can lead to significant damage and financial losses if left unchecked. In this article, we’ll explore whether hiring a leak detection company is worth it and why you should consider the expertise and experience of Innovative Leak Detection.

Mark Dayley has been working in the industry of hard to find water leaks since 2013. Innovative Leak Detection successfully locates over 1,000+ plumbing water line leaks per year in the Portland & Vancouver area. Many of the top licensed Plumbing companies in Portland recommend & regularly hire Innovative Leak Detection to locate their leaks for plumbing repairs underground, in homes &/or at commercial properties throughout Portland/Vancouver.

Pros of Hiring a Leak Detection Company

Expertise in Identifying Hard-to-Find Leaks

Professional leak detection companies, such as Innovative Leak Detection (ILD), possess specialized expertise and technology for water leak detection. Our experienced technicians encounter over 20 hard-to-find leaks per week, compared to the average plumber only searching for 25 to 50 per year. This means that each of our technicians has 20 years’ worth of experience compared to the average plumber.

Time-saving Solutions

By hiring ILD, you benefit from efficient detection methods that save you time and effort. Our experienced technicians can quickly identify and locate leaks, saving you from the hassle of DIY or plumber-led detection methods. This results in significant time savings and minimizes disruption to your property.

Minimized Property Damage

Accurate detection is crucial in minimizing property damage. With ILD’s advanced technology and expertise, we can precisely pinpoint leaks, reducing the need for extensive excavation or demolition. This minimizes property damage and associated repair costs.

Emergency Leak Detection Services

At ILD, we understand the urgency of leak detection. That’s why we offer emergency leak detection services to promptly respond to urgent situations. Our prompt assistance helps mitigate water damage and minimizes disruption to your property.

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Cons of Hiring a Leak Detection Company

Cost Considerations

One consideration when hiring a leak detection company is the cost. While it entails a financial investment, it’s essential to weigh this against the potential costs of undetected leaks. At ILD, we provide transparent pricing and ensure that our services offer value for your investment.

Ensuring Quality Service

When choosing a leak detection company, it’s vital to ensure that you’re working with a reputable and experienced provider. ILD has a proven track record of success and positive customer reviews. We prioritize quality service and ensure that our technicians are highly trained and equipped with the latest technology.

Coordination with Other Professionals

In some cases, leak detection may require coordination with other professionals such as plumbers or contractors for repair and restoration work. At ILD, we have experience collaborating with other professionals to ensure that all aspects of leak detection and repair are handled efficiently and effectively.

We provide a detailed water leak location report to whomever needs it (property owner, insurance company, plumber or other repair contractor).  We also work with many of the most reputable plumbers in the Portland Vancouver area… so if you need a plumber referral, just ask your technician.

Comparison Between Plumbers and Leak Detection Companies

Equipment and Expertise

While plumbers may offer leak detection services, they often lack the specialized expertise and equipment of leak detection companies like ILD. Our technicians are trained in advanced leak detection technology, allowing us to accurately identify and locate leaks with precision.

Volume of Experience

At ILD, we have more experience finding hard-to-find water leaks than plumbers. Our technicians encounter over 20 hard-to-find leaks per week, providing them with unparalleled expertise and experience. This volume of experience translates to efficiency and accuracy in leak detection.

Let’s compare the numbers & experience: Imagine a typical plumber faces hard to find leaks once per week (avg. plumber = 52 leaks per year). Now compare that to a typical Innovative Leak Detection Technician who successfully located 15 to 25 hard to find water leaks per week (ILD technician = 1,040 leaks per year). Our average technician has 40x the experience of the average plumber when it comes to locating water leaks. There’s simply no plumber that is better, faster or more cost effective at finding water leaks than our ILD leak technicians.  This is why many of the top Portland plumbers recommend & hire ILD for all their water leak needs.

Additional Services Offered

  • Commercial Leak Detection: Detecting leaks in commercial buildings, industrial facilities, and retail spaces.
  • Residential Leak Detection: Identifying leaks in homes, apartments, and condominiums.
  • Apartment Leak Detection: Detecting leaks in multi-family or multi-tenant properties.
  • Multi-Family Leak Detection: Identifying leaks in apartment complexes, condominiums, and homeowner associations.
  • Irrigation Leak Detection: Locating leaks in irrigation systems to conserve water and prevent property damage.


In conclusion, hiring a leak detection company like Innovative Leak Detection is undoubtedly worth it. With our expertise, experience, and advanced technology, we offer efficient and accurate leak detection services that save you time, money, and hassle. Don’t wait until it’s too late—contact us today for all your leak detection needs.


How much does a leak detection service cost?

Leak detection involves specialized equipment, skilled technicians, and often complex diagnostic processes. The cost reflects the investment in technology and expertise required to accurately detect and locate leaks, ultimately saving you from potentially costly property damage and repairs in the long run. At Innovative Leak Detection, our prices typically start out at $375 (which includes up to 2 hours of on-site detection). Prices go up from there & depending on the complexity of the plumbing system, the length of the lines that have to be monitored and whether it’s a residential or commercial property can go as high as $2500/day.  Note: If you have more than one leak… it may require an additional visit. The first leak will need to be repaired before we can successfully locate the additional leak. In the rare occasion that we require more than 2 hours on site to locate your water leak (which means you have a very hard to find water leak), we can continue our leak detection at an hourly rate, billed in 15 minute increments.

How long does it take to detect a leak?

The time it takes to detect a leak can vary depending on various factors such as the location and severity of the leak, the complexity of the plumbing system, and the diagnostic methods used. In general, professional leak detection companies like Innovative Leak Detection strive to provide prompt and efficient detection services, with many leaks being identified within the initial 2 hour call out fee. However, from time to time, those harder to find leaks can require extra time (which we bill at an hourly rate, in 15 minute increments).

Do you offer any leak detection guarantee?

At Innovative Leak Detection, we understand the importance of providing assurance to our customers. While we cannot guarantee the ease of finding your leak (as it can vary depending on factors beyond our control), we do offer a guarantee of continued service at half our hourly rate. In the rare event that you excavate the area we marked for your leak and do not find the leak, we commit to returning and continuing our process for locating your leak at half our hourly rate. Our ultimate goal is to assist you in successfully locating your leak, and we are dedicated to providing ongoing support throughout the process. We like to think of ourselves not as superheroes with X-ray vision, but as modern-day Sherlock Holmes, equipped with the right tools and expertise to solve the mystery of your water leak.

How do I know if a Leak detection company is reputable?

When considering a leak detection company, it’s essential to research their reputation and credentials. Look for companies that have a track record of success, positive customer reviews, and certifications in leak detection technology and techniques. Additionally, reputable companies are transparent about their pricing, processes, and qualifications, and will have regularly added recent customer reviews from your service area.

How do I know if I have a water leak underground?

Signs of an underground water leak may include unexplained increases in water bills, damp or soggy areas in your yard, or the sound of running water when no fixtures are in use. Professional leak detection companies like ILD can conduct specialized tests to accurately identify and locate underground leaks.

Where is the most common water leak in a house?

The most common water leak in a house is often found in plumbing fixtures such as toilets, faucets, and showers. However, leaks can also occur in hidden areas such as behind walls, under floors, or in the foundation. Professional leak detection companies like ILD utilize advanced technology to detect and locate both visible and hidden leaks.

How do plumbers detect water leaks?

Plumbers typically use their experience to narrow the location & visually inspect to find water leaks. However, for complex or hard-to-find leaks, plumbers may rely on the expertise of specialized leak detection companies like ILD. Dozens of plumbers in the Portland and Vancouver area trust ILD as the premier leak detection expert. ILD technicians use their vast experience (20x that of the avg. plumber) and a multi-pronged approach including: visual inspection, pressure testing, tracer gas, acoustic equipment, infrared camera and electronic leak detection equipment to locate water leaks.

About the Author

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Mark Dayley

Mark Dayley has owned and operated Innovative Leak Detection since 2013. With years of experience in the industry, Mark works with leak detection specialists across the US to provide expert solutions for clients.