How An Undetected Water Leak Can Cost You Thousands

How do you know if you have a hidden water leak?

Home ownership comes with reward and responsibility. Sometimes a hidden leak from a shower, wet area, plumbing fixture, or leaking pipe on your property can go undetected for months or years. If this happens, you’ll end up with devastating consequences.

So how do you know if you have a hidden leak?

How do I know if I’ve got a leak on my property?

The location and type of leak you have will determine the telltale signs you’ll see. If you can see any of the below you might have a leak:

Internal leaks

  • Mould on walls or ceilings
  • Discoloured or stained gyprock walls, ceilings, tiles, grout lines, timbers, etc.
  • Lifting skirtings, tiles, vinyl or floating timber flooring
  • Dark coloured timber floorboards in odd areas
  • Mouldy or stained carpets
  • Musky smell or damp to the touch walls, ceilings, and floors

External leaks

  • Random wet patches on concrete ground
  • Moss growing on or most moisture on brick or concrete walls or structures
  • Abnormally green areas of grass
  • Spinning water meter even when fixtures aren’t in use
  • Ground movement or subsistence of terrain

What do I do if I suspect I have a water leak?

If you suspect you have a leak, it is best to be proactive rather than waiting until a potential problem returns. Water can be destructive to a building and it can also attract white wants.

If you suspect you have a leak, or if you’re showing the potential signs of a leak, it’s best you call a trusted plumber with leak detection experience to come out and inspect for you.

Does my insurance cover damages from a water leak?

You need to check with your insurance policy to see what you are and are not covered for. Most insurance companies won’t cover escape of liquid if it’s caused by a lack of maintenance, failed water-proofing, white ant damage or illegal/non-compliant workshop or materials.

This means if you have a leak from a shower or wet area  that goes undetected for too long, you may not be covered for the cost of repairs. This means that your repair bill for a few thousand dollars becomes your problem.

Can I test for a water leak on my property myself?

There are some simple tests you can do without the need for specialised equipment, however, what can be checked is quite limited and may not detect leaks that are unseen to the naked eye.

As we mentioned, if you have any of the telltale signs above it’s best to call in a professional to check. It’s much better to be proactive than reactive when it comes to hidden water leaks.

What do we offer for customers with tricky leaks that need to be found?

We’re experts at locating tricky leaks. We use industry-leading equipment and technologies to find them. With our equipment, we offer flat fee pricing for leak detection and provide detailed information, photos, and reports with all our work. 

Our high customer satisfaction rate with our professional leak detection service is a true testament to our attention to detail and dedication to getting the job done right.

What equipment do we use for leak detection?

  • Trotec moisture detection equipment
  • Thermal imaging camera
  • Mini-inspection camera
  • Drain camera inspections
  • Line and service locator
  • Acoustic leak detection equipment
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