Reducing Water Loss across Queensland

Reducing Water Loss across Queensland

Using the latest tools and exclusive technology Leaktech have again demonstrated our commitment to excellence, expertise, capabilities, and overall knowledge within all aspects of Leak Detection across various water mains, piping networks and facilities around Queensland.

So far this financial year (3.5 months), Leaktech have completed Leakage Surveys on approximately 850km of Pipeline, network and at various facilities across different suburbs of Queensland which have resulted in locating a staggering water loss of 500 litres per minute which equates to 259,200 Kilolitres per year of treated water with an approximate retail dollar value of $795,270.00.

This concluded as a worthwhile exercise. These figures only represent leakage survey works and do not include our general day to day Leak Detection works completed by our trained technicians for various businesses/households.

Both internal and external water loss across all regions of Queensland continues to be an ongoing issue especially in these current dryer times. Leaktech’s technicians have the training, knowledge and technology to detect even the smallest leaks within the industry, which still account for a substantial dollar value over time if undetected.

Queensland is currently approaching drought yet again as dam levels drop further week by week. It is now more important than ever to ensure that there are no hidden or concealed leaks on properties you control (domestic and commercial).

This week is National Water Week (19 – 23rd October) which is organised by the Australian Water Association and is aimed at highlighting the importance of this resource now and into the future.

If for any reason you suspect a leak on your property, there are several methods which can be used to check for leaks. Leaktech’s friendly team can discuss the most suitable approach to detect the leakage. All leaks if undetected at their early stages can cost thousands of dollars in water loss over time and any severe repair works can add to that cost. These costs can be avoided.

Remember water is abrasive. A small leak quickly becomes a costly nightmare. Call the only Australian business with 32 plus years of exclusive water leak detection experience.

With regards to the dam levels, please refer to the SEQ Water link below:

DAM Levels

Additional useful links are Queensland Urban Utilities (QUU) water usage tips and the Australian Water usage Association for Water Night planned Thursday 22nd October 2020.

A check by us can provide peace of mind and save money.

Water Night Event

Queensland Urban Utilities Water Usage Tips

Finding a Deceptive Shopping Centre Leak

Finding a Deceptive Shopping Centre Leak

Hard to locate water leaks can be very expensive and disruptive to your business. Thanks to our technology and over 30 years of experience, we’re able to rapidly identify the source of water leaks that others miss.

We recently helped a major shopping centre significantly reduce damage to their business due to a particularly deceptive water leak. The large shopping centre in a Central Queensland city has major national tenants and is open 7 days until 9pm. The site has 18,000 square metres of concrete and had a very small but damaging leak.

The centre had over 3 kilometres of buried pipe (location generally unknown) and every previous leak was not near where the water appeared. The site had become hazardous for pedestrians and their plumber and local leak investigator had failed to find the leak despite numerous attempts. Every cut in the concrete was costing over $2500 and could only happen after 9pm. An astute local plumber had worked with Leaktech previously with a 100% success rate and we were called in to help.

It was a 550km drive each way and we were on site within 24 hours. We locate the leak within 20cm below 200mm of concrete and 32 metres from where the water appeared.

The cost for Leaktech was less than the cost of each wrong surface cut. Our team have experience working across Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Queensland.

If you have a water leak, call in the team that has the technology and experience to identify it quickly and accurately.

Our friendly specialists are waiting for your call on 1300 053 257.

Ground Penetrating Radar Is Now More Accessible Than Ever

Ground Penetrating Radar Is Now More Accessible Than Ever

Our team has upgraded our Ground Penetrating Radar technology so we can provide an even more accessible service to you.


Ground penetrating radar is a non-destructive geo-physical method in which radar pulses are used to create an image of shallow subsurface features (down to 6 metres approximately). This allows you to avoid cutting into items such as the below:

  • water mains – all types, including asbestos, blue brut
  • pipes – plastic, poly, pvc
  • fire main valves
  • fibre optic cables
  • road crossings
  • rising mains
  • buried manhole covers
  • underground
  • underground tanks and pits

We are now offering premium Ground Penetrating Radar equipment in all of our service vans. We are also offering by far the lowest rates around for the service. This makes it more accessible than it’s ever been before.

We are the only local Dial Before You Dig Certified Locator. Our vehicles are fully equipped for leak location as well as underground service locations and ground penetrating radar. Nobody carries the range of equipment we do. We have the equipment, the best trained staff, attractive rates and all the insurances that you need. We are also the only such business that has been operating continuously specialising in these areas only for over 30 years.

If you haven’t used us for a while, give us another go. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

We’re the specialists in the field and our team is ready for your call.



Many Australian businesses and customers are in turmoil at the moment, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the restrictions governments have had to implement.

With that in mind, we’d like to explain how we’ll be operating over the coming weeks. As an essential business, we’re determined to stay open as long as possible.

Water leaks need to be found and often cannot be safely excavated without preliminary accurate underground service locations. Despite the recent rains, our water reserves are still depleted.

We need to protect the precious water resources of our households, businesses and community. However we need to implement new policies and procedures so that this can be done safely. The health and well-being of our staff and our clients has been at the forefront of our planning and we continue to monitor the advice of the Queensland and Federal Government regarding the outbreak. We will rapidly adapt to any new recommendations.

  • On-line or phone bookings are stlli being attended to in a timely manner. As usual we wlli prioritise according to need but usual response times remain as the same or next business day where possible for leaks causing damage or costing big $$$
  • For staff and customer safety, we wlil not be accepting cash. Credit card payments wlil be carried out safely over the phone.
  • Our technicians sanitize regularly during the day including before, during and after every job.
  • Face masks are worn where deemed necessary.
  • Social distancing is practiced as a matter of course. Usually we have no need to enter a premises. If, however this is necessary, please
  • understand that our staff wlil ask a few questions to be sure it is safe for them to enter.
  • Our technicians wlil text clients prior to arriving.
  • Our office staff are all working from home now.
  • Once you advise the details of the job, where possible, we will contact your client and advise the precautions we are taking and how it may impact on the job.
  • All other procedures are as per Retail Customers above.
  • Where possible, we request that our clients allow us access to sites alone to carry out the required works.
  • If working with traffic controllers, contractors or others, we will require distancing and safe practices to protect our staff.
  • Where possible, we request that our clients allow us access to sites alone to carry out the required works.
  • If working with traffic controllers, contractors or others, we will require distancing and safe practices to protect our staff.

are still available as required subject to safe practices.


Customers will be required to settle accounts on a COD basis during this crisis. Credit Cards are the best option where possible.

Please be assured that your safety and amenity is at the forefront of our planning. We will still be there to save water and your money as required. Thank you for your support and cooperation. Stay safe.

Water leaks present in a range of different ways

Water leaks present in a range of different ways

Don’t estimate the power of water. Water under pressure is very abrasive. In fact, it is used for cutting toughened glass and many other products in manufacturing processes.

Small leaks quickly become large leaks.

We have seen many different types of leaks during the last 33 years of specialist leak detection. We have the people, the knowledge and the unique equipment to resolve issues. That is why so many of our delivery partners are quality plumbing contractors who understand that there are many aspects of quality leak detection above and beyond simply buying a piece of technology.

Our unique knowledge and combination of technologies is why we are the industry leaders in leak detection. There are now many new businesses purporting to be leak detection specialists. Nobody else has Leaktech’s 33 years of experience, range of technologies and skilled staff who ONLY specialise in leak detection and underground service location.

In January 2020, we were contacted by our long-standing and valued client, J & K Plumbing Works from Gladstone. A major commercial centre in that city was virtually without water on both the domestic and the fire lines. The leak had presented over several hundred metres of a thick concrete carpark more than a kilometre in length. Despite major efforts by the experienced plumbing team, they could not pinpoint the leak.

The centre was losing around 300,000 litres of water a day. That is equivalent to 1.5 Olympic swimming pools of water lost each day.

Leaktech deployed to site from our Sunshine Coast office and began work with the plumbers late at night after the businesses had closed for the day. The leak was located, Leaktech carried out an underground service location to ensure it was safe to excavate and the concrete was cut by waiting contractors.

Over the course of around 10 years, Leaktech has carried out many jobs with J & K Plumbing. They know that when we say “dig”, that is where the leak will be. We find leaks and we are accurate!

Our Leaktech technician detected two sounds at different frequencies when he first located the leak above concrete, prior to the cutting of the concrete. He advised that this indicated there were most likely two major leaks at this location beneath the concrete, coming from two different types of pipes.

The domestic feed to this property is a large 75mm (3) poly pipe. This pipe was found to be almost completely missing for around 70 mm of the length of the pipe, allowing water to flow from the pipe at full flow. See the photograph below with a shovel beside it to visualise the size of the hole.

Below the domestic water feed, there are three 150mm PVC fire main pipes. One of these pipes had a hole caused by a rock in the back fill. This hole was only around the size of a 20-cent piece.

Water from this fire main was escaping at high flow and high pressure and almost cut right through the domestic line. Whilst this is not the first time that Leaktech has seen this, it was by far the biggest.

Again, this proves the logic in using only proven experts when these (or any other) leakage problems occur. Without the three technologies deployed on this project, it is unlikely that this great result would have been achieved.

Leaktech is often called in by one of its partner plumbing clients as happened here but body corporate managers, property owners, engineers and many others call us directly. We will find the problem and, if required, recommend a suitably qualified and competent contractor to carry out the work.

Don’t waste your time and money. Call Leaktech first.

“I have used Rod and his Leaktech team for the last 10 years and will continue to do so. They are a crucial component of my business locating leaks in difficult areas and in a timely manner. To date they are on a 100% success rate with leak locations which is no mean feat. Definitely recommend these Guys.”

Josh Smith, J&K Plumbing