A proven contributor to energy loss are steam leaks, specifically from faulty steam traps.  Steam traps can fail for a variety of reasons causing steam to escape.  Since the system is closed it is not  possible to know if the trap is operating correctly without the proper tools. With the AccuTrak® Touch Probe you can easily determine if a trap is cycling correctly or if it is letting steam blow by.  Testing steam traps using ultrasound requires very little training, however a basic understanding of how a particular steam trap operates is certainly helpful.  Is the trap blowing steam?  Listening for the tell-tale rushing sound of a leak enables the user to make an accurate judgement immediately. If done regularly, this simple test can save tens of thousands of dollars in energy costs.