Drone Leak Detection

Aerial drone leak detection is used to detect water ingress into a building from the facade or roof. The Drone leak detention process uses unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to inspect a building facade, roof and structure for water leaks.

Aerial drones use onboard thermal imaging cameras to detect temperature fluctuations. Temperature variations are a common indicator of water leaks.

The benefits of detecting a leak using a drone include cost, safety, and speed of inspection. Drone technology produces thermal images or video evidence which is particularly helpful when filing insurance claims.

ADI Leak Detection uses drones equipped with 4k thermal imaging cameras to detect temperature differences in facade and roof structures, identifying areas of water ingress.

ADI leak detection using a Drone for a roof leak survey

The Benefits Of Drones In Leak Detection

Leak detection drones offer many benefits:


  • Drone pilots can inspect roofs and facades without the need for leak detectors to put themselves at risk by climbing ladders or scaffolding.
  • They navigate hazards safely, like electrical wires, unstable roofs, or contaminated remote areas to pinpoint leaks. This protects workers from exposure to dangerous gases, like methane leaks or carbon dioxide.
  • Leak detection drones provide a broad scope of view compared to ground-based operations. This gives a better condition assessment of buildings, roofs, and structures.


  • Drones are cheaper when compared to traditional roof inspection methods, like hiring ladders. This makes them particularly useful for large apartments or complex buildings.
  • Proactive leak detection can lead to lower insurance premiums for property owners – saving you money in the long run.
  • Early leak detection minimises water damage to your property, reducing the cost of manual searches.

Speed of inspection

  • Aerial pilots cover large areas in a fraction of the time it takes traditional methods.
  • Drones cause minimal disruption to property owners and business operations.
  • The high sensitivity of aerial drone cameras allows fast and efficient data capture. Leak detectors can pinpoint water leaks (or gas leaks) much quicker, reduce water damage, and facilitate faster repairs.

Video evidence for insurance claims

  • High-resolution data captured by aerial vehicles provides concrete evidence of water leaks, the location, and damage caused. This streamlines your insurance claim process.
  • Providing visual proof of the water leak and its cause reduces the risk of claim disputes with insurance companies.
  • Clear documentation is key to successful insurance claims. This leads to faster payout and repair turnaround times.

We’ve covered the benefits of aerial drones, now let’s discuss the type of drones ADI Leak Detection uses.

Drones We Use For Leak Detection

ADI Leak Detection uses Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) qualified drone pilots. Our drones are equipped with 4k thermal imaging cameras to detect leaks in hard-to-reach places.

Specs include:

  • Visible-light and thermal imaging
  • An open Software Development Kit (SDK) to suit a wide range of applications
  • IR resolution cameras – capturing images from 146 meters away
  • 4K HDR imaging devices to pinpoint water leaks in the dark
  • LiveDeck feature to facilitate real-time footage sharing
  • 360° dynamic tracking
  • Max flight speed = 45mph
  • Battery life = 38 minutes


When looking to locate leaks on your roof, contact ADI for all your leak detection needs. Our team of expert plumbing and leak-finding professionals use specialised equipment like aerial drones, tracer gas, and acoustic listening devices to pinpoint leaks in roofs and facades.

When water leaks in your roof or hard-to-reach places are causing you stress, rest assured our nationwide service will get your leak fixed – and we’ll assist with all your home insurance policy claims.

Our Reviews & Accreditation’s

CIPHE - Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering

ADI Leak Detection is accredited with The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering.

ADI Leak Detection is registered with The Water Industry Approved Plumbers’ Scheme.

ADI Leak Detection is registered with The Water Industry Approved Plumbers’ Scheme.

ADI Leak Detection is a Watersafe Accredited contractor.

Adrian Morgan

Adrian Morgan CIPHE RP RHP is the founder & Managing Director of ADI Pro Leak Ltd. Adrian is also the Head Plumbing, Heating & Leak Detection engineer at ADI Leak Detection.

Adrian CIPHE RP RHP is proud to be registered with the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering, a Registered Plumber and a Registered Heating Professional.