Burst Pipes and Water Leaks
If you have a water leak or a suspected problem with a burst pipe, don’t pour all your money away too! You can hopefully solve your water problems by using this list of ideas and helpful advice for saving your precious water.
A burst pipe is a common plumbing problem. In some circumstances the leak might be coming from below the surface of the ground or from within a wall, and you may not even be aware that you have a leak until you receive a higher than average bill for your water use. If this is the case you will require an experienced and qualified plumber to visit and locate the source of the leak in order that they can repair it for you.
If you have a burst pipe, don’t panic! Go through the house methodically and make sure no water is being used anywhere – check all the taps, make sure the washing machine and dishwasher are not switched on, and don’t forget to check outside too.
Locate your water meter and see if it is running. This will give you a good indication of whether you do indeed have a broken water pipe or a leak. Do some detective work and check inside and outside the house, looking for any obvious evidence of a leak. If you can see a leak, especially one where water is escaping at an alarming rate, turn off your water at the mains and call our emergency plumbing service straight away.
Managing to locate the source of your water leak will stop you from wasting water, which will in turn reduce your water and sewerage outgoings. Regardless of where your leak is, whether it’s in the bathroom or a burst pipe, our specialists will help you to hunt it out and fix it.
With the aid of the most up-to-date leak detection technology we can help you find the source of your leak. Firstly we expose the relevant pipe and then give you a workable solution for repairing it. If the water is freely flowing, we can freeze the pipe in order to make the necessary repairs.
Water leaks are responsible for the waste of millions of liters of water every year. There are some easy steps you can take around the home to save water.
Tips to prevent water leaks
The often-used washing machine is the most hazardous appliance you own when it comes to water leaks. It may be convenient to have your washer and dryer on the main floor or near the main living space, but that’s also where many valuable furnishings and electronics are located. And few laundry rooms have a drain that could contain a leak and prevent water damage.
What You Can Do
- Replace rubber and plastic hoses with reinforced steel braided hoses. The hoses are pressurized all the time, and for just a few dollars more you can buy some added peace of mind. Replace these hoses every five years, no matter how they look. Deterioration could happen inside the hose, where it’s not noticeable. Label the hose with the replacement date.
- Tighten hose connections if they feel loose. Connections are always problematic and can be a source of leaks or an outright system failure.
- Turn off the water supply to the washing machine whenever you leave the house for more than one day.
Water Supply System
From high water pressure that stresses the system over time to old galvanized pipes that rust out, problems with your supply line pipe can cause huge damage.
What You Can Do
- Watch for warning signs. One or more of the following indicate you may have a supply line issue that warrants inspection by a plumbing professional: water spots on ceilings and floors; higher than normal water bills, which indicate excessive water usage; pipes that “bang” when faucets are turned off; and evidence of rust and wet soil erosion around the foundation.
- Make sure everyone in the home knows where the water supply valve is located and how to shut it off. Regularly test the valve to make sure it works properly.
Often installed and forgotten, water heaters that have passed their life expectancy — typically about 10 years — can start to rust or corrode. And without a floor drain or a drain pan piped to a floor drain, a leak can wreak havoc in a hurry.
What You Can Do
- Purchase a water heater with a long warranty.
- Have a professional inspect and maintain the heater’s anode every two years, then every year after the warranty has expired. The anode rod attracts corrosion to protect the steel tank.
- Regularly have the tank serviced and always check it for leaks or anything abnormal.
Sinks, Showers and Bathtubs
Ever gone running to the sink because you forgot to turn off the faucet? Along with drain blockages, overflows can result from water left running by mistake. In the bathroom, broken/damaged pipes in the wall can result in damaging leaks. Water leaks can also come from failed waterproofing in your shower or bath.
What You Can Do
- Regularly inspect and replace deteriorated sealant and grout around sinks, showers and bathtubs.
- Look for stains or soft areas on walls and floors near bathroom or kitchen plumbing.
- Fix leaky taps – your water bill will also improve.
- Always have a plumber look at anything you are unsure of.