Burst and Leaking Pipes
Leaking or Burst Pipes – How to detect a water leak
A leak isn’t always as obvious as you might think. It can be a really small drip that can cause damages to your house over time. Therefore, it is important to know how you can detect a leak in your home before it turns into a problem.
In the situation that a pipe bursts you will know quite quickly that there is an issue. The first and most important thing to do when this occurs is turning off the water main. That is why we advise people to be aware of where their water main is located. Whenever you move house spend a few minutes locating the water main. You never know when you might need it. Once the water main has been turned off, take a deep breath, give Prime Plumbing & Gasfitting a call and to start cleaning up the water.
A water leak in one of the pipes is usually a lot subtler than a burst pipe and it might therefore sound less serious. However, this might not be the case. A small leak that drips in the same spot for week, months or even years, can be as damaging or even more damaging than a sudden burst pipe. Hence why it is good to know how to detect a leak.
#1. Turn off everything in the house that uses water (e.g. taps, washing machine, dishwasher etc.)
#2. Go to your main water valve and check the meter. Write down the number on the meter, or take a picture with your phone.
#3. Come back 15/20 minutes later and check the number on the water meter again. If the numbers have changed in the time nothing in the house that uses water was on, then there might be a leak somewhere in the house.
Where can leaks occur?
Common areas in and around the house where you might experience water leaks are mainly located near taps, appliances and other connections, such as at your dishwasher. Damp walls can also be an indication for water leaks. Leaks inside a wall are usually a bit more serious as they can go unnoticed for a lot longer. As soon as you notice a damp wall, call Prime Plumbing & Gasfitting.
Outside of the home, make sure you check your irrigation system before summer to make sure there are no leaks. Run the system for a few minutes and inspect all the sprinklers and attachments. Garden hoses and or taps are also a good place to check for water leaks.
Remember that small leaks can easily turn into big leaks. There is no such thing as a water leak going away on its own. Regular checks are key for a leak free household and if a small leak is detected, don’t hesitate and get Prime Plumbing & Gasfitting in to get it fixed straight away