Water Leak Detection

Water Leak Detection

Many water leaks can be easily spotted. They leave behind ugly water stains on your walls, cause flooding, or leave your landscape ground soggy and wet. However, other leaks aren’t as easily discernable, especially in the early stages where the damage caused is minimal. The only sign you have of a water leak is a sudden surge in your water bill. If you water consumption is unchanged but you receive a large bill at the end of the month, you need to call us at SPS Plumbers for water leak detection help.

What are the Causes?

There are several things that can lead to water leakage. Most plumbing systems are resilient and won’t be damaged easily. That’s one of the reasons why people simply forget they exist until they face a problem. Here’s a list of common causes of water leaks:

  • Old, outdated plumbing systems can leak quite often. If you have the opportunity and the budget, you should consider replacing them.
  • Pipes can rust, corrode or crack over time, which can cause massive leaks.
  • Repairs and excavation can also be a cause of leaks. Contractors can accidentally damage the plumbing lines if they’re not careful.
  • Shifting soil and the pressure of the earth behind it can cause plumbing lines and joints to crack or break. This is usually due to incorrect  grading.

How do We Spot the Leak?

As we mentioned before, some leaks are immediately apparent and when you spot them, you should call a plumber without delay. However, if you just have an inflated water bill, how do you determine if there is a leak or not? Here’s what we do:

  • Find the water meter of your home.
  • Find the main water shut-off valve which controls the supply of water from the public line to your home.
  • Once we have located these two plumbing fixtures, we close all taps and water-consuming appliances in your home for a while.
  • We wait 30 minutes to an hour and go back to the meter to take a reading. If the meter has moved, there’s a leak in the internal plumbing system or under the ground.
  • We turn off the main water valve off and note down the meter reading once again. If the movement of the meter stops, the leak is inside your home. If the meter continues to run, it’s a sign of an underground leak and should be repaired immediately.

Tools we Use

The next step is to determine the exact location of the leak so we can repair it. We use several tools for water leak detection, including:

  • Physical and visual inspection
  • Video cameras
  • Sonic leak detection devices
  • Ground microphones

If you have any questions about our water leak detection services or want a no-obligation quote, please call  us at SPS Plumbers. Our number is 02 9002 7332 and our email is contact@spsplumbers.com.au. You can also fill in the contact us form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.