Find the cause of your water leak – ASAP!
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.
- 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!
Leaking Tap: read more
Leaky Toilet: read more
Leaking Roof: read more
Leak occurs with a downpour – probably a leaky roof
DIY: Leak Investigation – Review the Evidence
- 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)
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
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.
YOUR MOST IMPORTANT DIY SKILL
How to turn off your household water supply.
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 multi-grips 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.