How to Detect Leaks
Are you losing water pressure in your home, but cannot figure out why? Or perhaps you have a visible leak, but are unable to locate the source? Finding where you have a leak cannot be as obvious as you may think, aside from water pouring from the ceiling, or pooling around the toilet, a lot of leaks can go undetected, causing damage to your home and a lot of expense in the long run.
First thing to look for in your home is wet, warped or discoloration stains on your ceilings, floor, walls, or woodwork. Check inside cabinets under your sink in the kitchen or bathroom units under the basin and around the bath. Excessive condensation in your kitchen or bathroom may also be a sign of a leak so look and feel around surfaces carefully.
Remember that water that enters your home with pressure like your kitchen taps, bathroom basins and showers can be a little easier to identify but other water sources can be more difficult and take time before signs show (discoloration of paint, or wet patches).
Possible Signs of a Leak
- A drop in water pressure even if usage is normal.
- An unexplained increase in cost on your water bill.
- Mildew or mould appearing in well-ventilated rooms.
- Discoloured walls and flooring, which could be a sign of wet spots from leaky pipes.
- Warped flooring or cracked tiles in the bathroom.
- Warped and blistered paint or wallpaper.
- A musty smell from old, accrued water.
What to Do If You Find A Leak?
First thing you should do if you have found a leak is turn off the water supply in your home. This is done by locating your homes shut-off valve or stop-cock. Internal stop cocks are usually located under your kitchen sink. You turn the water off by rotating the stop cock clockwise direction. If the stop valve is not under your kitchen sink look in the following locations.
- Inside a hot press / airing cupboard located on the ground floor of your home.
- Inside a utility room or garage.
- Under the stairs.
- Under a bathroom sink located on the ground floor of your home.
- Inside a kitchen unit / cupboard / press.
- Inside a boiler house.
- At the same location as the gas pipe enters the home.
Leaking Taps – If you ignore a leaking tap it will not get better in fact it will get much worst and, in the end, cost you money that could have been avoided.
Again, the first thing to do is locate the isolation ball valve under the sink and turn the valve to a horizontal position. Then turn on the tap until the water stops flowing.
Many leaks are down to minor issues like a worn-out washer, so these are inexpensive to get fixed. If you want to try and replace the washer yourself there are many useful YouTube videos to guide you. However, we would always advise having a professional in case you inadvertently cause more damage than you began with.
Leaking Toilet – A leaking toilet can waste hundreds of gallons of water. You may notice the following common signs that something is not right with your toilet.
- Toilet is flushing on its own.
- Toilet is running constantly.
- Toilet is making strange noises.
- You see water puddles on the floor.
- The most common problem with leaking toilets is when the flapper valve fails to seat properly and form a tight seal against the valve seat. (a flapper valve is a type of valve used in flush toilets. It creates the watertight seal in the toilet tank that holds the water until flushing).
If you cannot find where the water is coming from, open the lid of the toilet and drop a little food colouring into the water and wait to see if you can identify where the water is coming from. Most leaking toilets are inexpensive to repair but left alone can cause more damage to your flooring and or ceilings (if an upstairs toilet). We would advise you call in a professional plumber to avoid additional damage.
Choose ACR Plumbing and Heating.
When you choose ACR to deal with any leaks you can be assured you are working with a company with over 30 years’ experience. All our engineers are friendly, professional, and fully qualified.
Our rates are extremely competitive, and we carry out a full assessment of the work and provide you with a free, no obligation quote, so you never receive an unexpected bill at the end of the work.
Contact us on 01-4979383 or by email today for a quote and see what we can do to help you.