Detecting a leak can be quite tricky if the leak source is not obvious. But there are ways for you to determine whether you have a leak problem.
If you don’t have an obvious leak, then the easiest way to do this is to go to your water meter. Make sure that no water is running around your house.
So the houses and irrigation systems outside need to be shut off and no taps should be open inside the house as well. Also make sure no one is using the toilet while you’re doing this.
Most water meters will have a little dial inside to show you if water is running through your plumbing system. If this dial is running and all water outlets in and around your house is turned off, then you know you a leak.
If your water meter does not have a dial, then take the water meter reading, give it 3 hours and take the water meter reading again. If the numbers increased, you have a leak.
In this instance you will need the services of a professional plumber like Plumber George. We have various leak detectors in our arsenal of tools and can pinpoint and fix your leaks in a jiffy.
Many people are obviously concerned how much detecting a leak will cost them. This cost will depend on how difficult it is to track the leak source.
If the leak is behind a cement wall, then it will take some labour to open that up and to fix it. That will be a bit messy but it’s got to be done.
You don’t want water to be constantly dripping on the inside of your walls. That’s a guaranteed recipe for damp that can spread throughout that area. Rather fix it and move on.
In most cases your household insurance will cover leaks. You can just call us and we will communicate with you whether your insurance will cover our costs. You have nothing to lose.
We have found the following areas are ‘the usual suspects’ when it comes to leaking. These are
- Water storage tanks
- Stop taps
- Heating systems
About 80% of leaks will be detected in one of the areas mentioned above. If the leak can be detected around pipe threads, then it may be as easy as using thread seal tape to stop the leak. If the pipe has actually burst it is best to replace it.
Rather get in touch with a pro to help you with replacement.