Inner West and Eastern Sydney Plumbers

Water Leaks

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Find the cause of your water leak – ASAP!

Not all water leaks are visible or obvious. If you’ve noticed water in a spot it shouldn’t be, or damp, mouldy patches on a wall, ceiling or floor, act immediately.

Water leaks can damage the structure of your home and lead to expensive repairs. We’ll conduct a meticulous inspection of your home to find and repair your water leaks before further damage occurs.

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There’s a reason for this, too. Although leaks are very common, especially in apartment buildings, you need to fix them fast because leaking water can:

  • Soak into the plaster causing damage and mould
  • Run behind the walls, soaking the structural supports of your home – and wet timber attracts white ants
  • Soak into the foundations, undermining the structural integrity of your home
  • Soak into the sub-floor area causing mould, mildew and rising damp
  • Waste water and increase your water costs

 

Leaks need quick and proper diagnosis and repair!

You’ll want to call an experienced plumbing professional right away – someone who is meticulous about leak detection – a plumber who can identify all the possible leak sources in the first visit and doesn’t rush or rush you to a repair.


 

Find your leak!

Find the leak source and you’ll know which tests and repairs you need to make:

Dripping tap to be repairedLeaking tap: read more

Leaking toilet in need of repairLeaky toilet : read more

Leaking roofLeaking roof: read more

Roof leaking during rain downpourLeak occurs with a downpour – probably a leaky roof

Ceiling leaking waterLeaking ceiling:

Quotation marks startFound your leak? Good. Can’t find it? Don’t worry. Call us 1300 007 473, email us or make an enquiry right now and get it fixed!

 

DIY: Leak Investigation – Review the Evidence

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  • Water marks on the wall
  • Damp, mould and mildew
  • Paint blisters
  • Cracks along plaster boards on wall
  • Cracked tiles outside the shower or inside
  • Wet floor, carpet or buckling floating floors
  • Wet patch on the ceiling (in a multi storey building)
  • Puddles in the car park or basement (in a multi storey building)

 

Leaks can travel a long way from where they start … … Especially in a multi-story building. We once uncovered a leak in a double apartment tower that stymied other plumbers. The leak travelled from its origin on the 7th floor of the first tower  and came out in the basement car park of the other tower!

 

These signs can be caused by other things, too, but do you really want to take the risk it’s not a serious water leak? Of course you don’t.  So go ahead – call us if you see one or more of these leak signs and we can tell you on the spot if it’s a plumbing issue or something else.

But once we determine your damp/leak issues are in fact a plumbing problem, your Pipe Perfection plumber is an expert in fixing leaks from:

  • water supply pipes
  • drainage pipes (e.g. from the shower or sink, etc.)
  • shower or bath because water is escaping from this area (e.g. there is a break in the waterproof membrane that sits behind the bath or shower)

 

DIY:  Think you have a leak from one of your water supply pipes?

If you have your own water meter, it’s easy to check for a supply pipe leak:

  1. Wait for a time of day when water use (taps, showers, toilets, dishwashers) is over for the day. We suggest night time right before the family heads to bed.
  2.  Locate your water meter. You’ll generally find it outside/near the front boundary of your property, and covered by a green lid flush with the ground.)
  3.  Open the lid and note the meter reading on a piece of paper. You’ll want to make sure that no one uses the water until morning.
  4. Come morning, check the meter and note the reading number again. If the reading number is higher – and you’re sure no one used the water – you have a leak in your home that needs to be found.

Remember this check does not test the waterproof membrane. It only tests your water pipes so there could be a leak elsewhere. Call a plumber  if you think there is a leak,  but your DIY leak check came back negative. Better safe than sorry.

NOTE: If there is a bathroom located adjacent to your wet patch on the floor/wall, the leak may not be coming from the pipes, but rather from water escaping from the bath/shower.  Read more

“YOUR MOST IMPORTANT DIY SKILL

 How to turn off your household water supply:

Watch this video to show you how {turn the water meter off video} and download this fact sheet to keep on hand in an emergency

Under the sink:

Cut off water to the taps by turning the shut-offs under the sink all the way to the right. If there are no individual shut-offs under the sink then use the main water shut-off for the entire house.

At the mains:

This will stop all water flowing into your house. If you live in a house, the tap and water meter will probably be out on the street or in your front yard adjacent to the street.

If you live in a flat or townhouse, the mains tap will probably be inside, perhaps in the bathroom or laundry. Be certain the water has stopped running by turning on random taps in your home. (If the water has not stopped running, it will be necessary to call a licensed plumber). If the main’s tap has not been used for years, you may need a pair of multigrips to help turn it off.

** Must-Know Pipe Perfection Tip: You need to be able to locate your mains tap to turn it off in an emergency. If you don’t know where it is, now is the time to find out. Draw a little map of the location and tape it inside your utility closet.”

Call us 1300 007 473 or email us or make an enquiry here.

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