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Guide To Water Leak Detection In Our Homes

A water leak can cost you a considerably amount of money. In fact you may be surprise at how much water can be lost from just one dripping tap.

Of course this is not the only issue with undetected or untreated leaks. Ultimately they can cause an extensive amount of damage to the infrastructure of your home. Wet rot is a common effect of leaks but largely unnoticeable until it’s too late.

Ultimately a leaking pipe can split or burst, causing a massive flood of water into your home and damaging much, if not all your furnishings. The repair bill can easily run into thousands.

This is why you need to contact this team today and get your plumbing checked. At the very least add them to your speed dial so that you can get hold of them in an emergency.

Detecting Water Leaks

Not all water leaks are obvious; that’s why the first thing you need to do is a meter check.

This involves turning off all the appliances in your home. You then take a note of the water meter reading. Keep all the appliances off for 30 minutes and then read your meter again. If the reading is the same then you don’t have a water leak. But, if it is changed, even slightly; you have a leak that needs to be found and fixed.

Visual Inspection

You need to look round all your appliances. Check that the taps and shower heads are not dripping. If they are then you will probably need to get your plumber to change the washers in them.

You should also check round the appliances for any signs of damp or even water on the floor. It is important to check when the appliance is on and when it’s off; the movement of water in the pipes can affect the leak.

Don’t forget to check your toilet bowl in case water is leaking into there.

You then need to look at the walls; it can help to know where the pipes are for this. If you notice a discoloration then there is a good chance you have a leak; the question is whether it is the pipes or your building.

Using A Meter

You may have seen meters for sale in your local store that will help you to locate pipes and studs in the walls. These can be a valuable tool for locating all the plumbing pipes. 

Simply scan the walls and make notes or even draw a diagram of where the pipes are located; you’ll then be able to keep your eye on these areas to see any discoloration or even mold growing; which suggests moisture in the walls.

Don’t forget that a water leak left untreated won’t just cost you money; it is likely to get worse; leaving you with a much bigger issue such as a flooded house.

If you’re not confident in dealing with a leak yourself then contact your local plumber; they’ll be happy to help.

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