How do I find out where my water leak is coming from?

MML Plumbing’s Leak Detection Specialist in North London

Leaky pipes or plumbing appliances can be a troublesome experience for homeowners, tenants, or landlords. Waking up or coming home to find water flooding your property is never a pleasant situation. Understanding the cause of the flooding is crucial. It could be a burst pipe or a heating system leak. Regardless, dealing with a flood can result in high water bills and property damage.

Even the most cautious homeowners cannot prevent all leaks, and there will always be some level of damage to their homes. However, taking proactive measures can significantly reduce the risk when you need it the most. Detecting leaks early is key to mitigating the potential issues they may cause.

How to Detect a Leak in Your House

Detecting a leak doesn’t always require visible water leaking from the system. By following some simple steps and paying attention to your surroundings, you can identify potential leaks before they escalate into major problems.

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Regularly Water Usage Check

Monitoring your usage of water regularly can help you save money and detect internal plumbing leaks from within your system. If you notice an unexpected increase in water consumption without a corresponding increase in usage, it indicates a potential leak within your plumbing system. Sometimes Thames Water advises you to call a local plumber for leak detection because they suspect a leak in the property.

Central Heating Pressure Drop

The water pressure drop in the boiler can be indicative of a leak in the central heating system. If you experience reduced pressure, it’s crucial to investigate further. We provide advanced leak detection to find hidden leaks underneath the floor.

Auditory Clues

Pay attention to any water-dripping sounds or other unusual noises that could indicate a leak. Sometimes a leaking pipe behind the walls can go unnoticed until the water damage itself becomes more severe, making it essential to listen carefully for potential clues.

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Visible Signs of Leakage

Look for damp patches or unpleasant smells that might indicate a leak in your plumbing system. If you see a damp in the water it could be a waste water or heating system slow leak. A main cold pipe leak can be noticed within a few hours if it’s not underground but is in the property behind the walls. 

If you suspect a water leak underground, watch out for visible signs such as damp patches, pools of water, or even visible potholes. Additionally, abnormally high water bills can also serve as an indicator of an external leak. In such cases, it is important to determine whether the water leak repair falls under your responsibility or if your water supplier should handle the repairs.

Always Rely on Leak Detection Specialists

When faced with signs of finding a leak, it is strongly advised to contact our leak detection specialist MML Plumbing. Investing in professional assistance can save you significant amounts of money and prevent further damage to your property.

Not all plumbers possess the necessary expertise and tools to detect internal leaks effectively. Therefore we are equipped with all the tools needed to find any leak. We have the right knowledge of heating and plumbing systems. Some of the methods employed include thermal imaging, tracer dye tests, tracer gas, moisture analysis, acoustic tests, moisture/damp surveys, and borescope cameras.

Need Professional Guidance?

Say goodbye to hidden leaks with MML Plumbing! Our dedicated team is here to offer you top-notch expertise and the latest in advanced leak detection technology. With a staggering 99% success rate in locating leaks within the first few hours, you can trust us to keep your home dry and your worries at bay. Don’t let leaks disrupt your life any longer – contact MML Plumbing Ltd today at 0208 3550 840 and experience quality work like never before!

Most Common Places to Look for Water Leaks

Toilets: While occasional leaks may not raise significant concerns, continuous leaks can result in substantial water loss. It is advisable to consult a plumber to address recurring leaks promptly.

Water Tank/Boiler: A leak in the water supply pipes in your heating system could signify a serious issue that requires professional intervention. 

Appliances: Regularly inspect your appliances, as slight shifts in their positions can lead to leaks. Ensure that all attachments, valves, and connections are secure.

Detecting Water Leaks under Concrete

Detecting water leaks beneath concrete can be challenging. Look for damp patches on the floor and check for the presence of mould or mildew. Cracks in the concrete are often a sign of undetected leaks. If you suspect a water leak inside you, it is recommended to call MML Plumbing to assess the situation accurately.

Early Signs and How to Respond

When you encounter a water leak, it is crucial to prioritize the safety of your home and family. If any signs mentioned below are present in the plumbing leak, it is best to address them promptly to avoid exacerbating the issue:

  • Check your water meter regularly to monitor usage patterns.
  • Observe your water bill for any unexpected increases.
  • Trust your instincts and use common sense to identify potential hidden water leaks.
  • Conduct a visual inspection to check for visible plumbing leaks.
  • Seek professional assistance if necessary.
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Useful Tips

Meter Reading

Checking the change on the water meter is an effective way to detect hidden leaks in your plumbing system. Turn off all faucets and ensure that no water-consuming appliances are running. Observe the water meter for any fluctuations, as they can indicate an ongoing leak.

Water Pipe

Remember that the homeowner is responsible for all piping after the water meter. If you notice an increase in your water bill without a corresponding change in wastewater usage, it is advisable to seek professional help to locate the leak accurately.

Food Colouring Test

To identify leaks in your toilet, perform a simple test using food colouring. Add a few drops of food colouring to the tank and wait ten minutes. If there are visible traces of dye in the ceiling, you leak into the waste system.

Garden Leaks

Leakages can occur outside the house as well. Inspect your outside spigots regularly for any signs of leaks, in addition to checking for underground water pipes, leaks and faulty water meters. Regular monitoring can help you identify and address potential issues promptly.

Small Leaks

Underneath cabinets and behind toilets are critical areas that are prone to leaks. Regularly check for leaks in these areas to prevent mould growth. Engaging the services of a professional plumber is essential to detect leaks before they lead to extensive and costly repairs.

Other Leaks

If your home is over 25 years old, it is important to be extra vigilant as the plumbing system may be deteriorating. Inspect all accessible connections, such as those at the water heater, pumps, washing machine hoses, and valves. 

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Do You Need a Leak Detection Specialist?

If you require the expertise of a qualified leak detection specialist, contact us today. We will connect you with a professional heating engineer, plumber, or gas engineer who can efficiently identify and address leaks in your system.

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