Leak Detection Sunshine Coast


Leak Detection Specialists On The Sunshine Coast

Water leaks are one of the most inconvenient plumbing problems that can occur in your home.

Not only can they cause your water bill to skyrocket, but they can also be dangerous as leaking water creates significant damage to fixtures and fittings and put your home at risk of flooding.

If you suspect you have a water leak in your home, call our expert Sunshine Coast plumbers ASAP. As leak specialists with over 30 years’ experience, we’ll find and fix your leak quickly and effectively. With state-of-the-art technology, we’ll make sure any leak issue is caught early.

Get in touch with us for leak detection throughout the Sunshine Coast today. Contact us online or call us by phone.


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Common Signs Of Water Leaks

Not all plumbing problems are that easy to spot. If water isn’t spewing out in a torrent from one of your pipes, the kitchen isn’t flooded or you aren’t standing ankle-deep in water, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have a problem.

Some are those insidious slow leaks. Damp floorboards, stained or wet walls, mould and sagging ceilings can herald a long term, slow leak.

Comparing your water bills monthly is the first step to detect if you have a leak problem. If you’re experiencing more than 40-50 per cent rise in bills, there’s a good chance you have a leak somewhere you can’t see and will need to get an expert in.

Another area will be if you discover a damp area in the house, mould on walls or pooling of water in areas that should be dry.

Here are a few signs to look out for:

  • Taps that are producing low or fluctuating water pressure
  • Reduced hot water temperature
  • Higher than average water rates or bills
  • You notice wetness or dampness on walls either inside or outside the home
  • Wet patches or puddles forming on grass that don’t dry
  • Wet or damp carpet areas
  • A mouldy, damp odour coming from walls or under the flooring
  • The sound of water running when there are no taps flowing
  • Your water meter keeps spinning when all the taps are turned off
  • If you’re on tank water or rural property, your pump is constantly on and won’t turn off, or it has burnt out or overheated


Leak detection microphone equipment is stored in a protective box

What Causes an Undetected Leak?

There are many reasons for leaks to occur. Often old pipes can become corroded or deteriorate over time, causing cracks and split to occur.

The earth can shift, which can cause damage to pipes underground and can affect water pressure and slow leaks, which will eventually turn into more substantial leaks and could cause a burst pipe.

Poor workmanship and poor installation could also cause pipe damage as could accidental breaks from groundwork through excavation and drilling.

What Do I Do If I Suspect a Leak?

A leak won’t go away on its own, and the longer you wait, the more damage can be done and the higher your bill will be. At O’Brien Plumbing Maroochydore, our expert gas fitters will ensure your gas leak is fixed in a quick and safe manner.

As your leak detection and repair specialists, we eliminate the guessing game and use the latest technology to pinpoint the exact location, to get the leak fixed as quickly as possible.


Setting up an electro-acoustic leak detector for leak detection on the Sunshine Coast


The aim of professional leak detection is to identify and isolate the problem as quickly as possible in a non-invasive manner. Otherwise, it’s down to ripping up lawns, prying up flagstones and floorboards, or knocking holes in your walls to find the leak. Fortunately, there are better ways.

We use an electro-acoustic leak detector with ground microphone, sensor rod and tracer gas to find the precise location of the leak. The ground microphone clearly picks up extremely low leakage frequencies on soft materials such as PVC or PE, and also high frequencies on steel or cast iron pipes.

This means we can avoid the need for large excavations as well as locate and repair the leak on-site, greatly reducing the cost to our customers.

Get In Touch For Expert Leak Detection

Having problems with your plumbing system? Slow water flow? Not enough pressure to take a shower? Then talk to our expert team about professional leak detection. The faster the fault is found, the faster it is fixed.

For all your plumbing and leak detection on the Sunshine Coast, you can count on O’Brien Plumbing in Maroochydore, call us today!

Contact us online or call us by phone.


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How much water is lost from leaks?

A large amount of water can be lost due to leaking pipes and dripping taps. One slowly dripping tap can waste 9,000 litres of water a year, while a visibly leaking toilet can waste more than 60,000 litres. If you have an undetected leak, you could be losing tens of thousands of litres of water before you’ve even noticed.

What types of leaks can your Sunshine Coast detection services identify?

We are equipped to identify a wide range of leaks. These include slow leaks that are often hard to detect, such as damp floorboards, stained walls and sagging ceilings. We also identify more obvious leaks, like those causing visible water damage or increased water bills. Our state-of-the-art technology ensures we can pinpoint both minor and major leaks, whether they are inside your home, underground or in hard-to-reach areas.

How does electronic leak detection work on the Sunshine Coast?

Electronic leak detection utilises advanced technology for precise and non-invasive leak identification. We use an electro-acoustic leak detector, which includes a ground microphone, sensor rod and tracer gas. This equipment allows us to detect extremely low leakage frequencies in soft materials like PVC or PE, as well as high frequencies in steel or cast iron pipes. This method is efficient and avoids the need for extensive excavations, ensuring a quick and cost-effective solution to leak problems.

Are your leak detection services on the Sunshine Coast available for emergency situations?

Yes, our leak detection services on the Sunshine Coast are available for emergency situations. We understand that leaks can be urgent and potentially damaging, so we offer prompt and efficient services to address leaks as soon as they are detected. Our team is equipped to handle emergencies, ensuring leaks are fixed quickly to prevent further damage and cost.

How long does the leak detection process typically take?

The duration of the leak detection process can vary depending on the complexity and location of the leak. However, with our advanced technology and experienced team, we can identify leaks quickly. Contact us for an accurate timeframe tailored to your specific requirements.

Are there any preventive measures I can take to avoid leaks in my plumbing system?

Regular maintenance is key to preventing leaks in your plumbing system. This includes checking for signs such as unusual increases in water bills, damp spots or the sound of running water when taps are off. It’s also important to have your plumbing system inspected regularly by professionals, especially if your home has older pipes. Avoiding putting strain on your plumbing system by not flushing inappropriate items down the toilet can also help prevent leaks.

Can you detect leaks in both residential and commercial properties?

Absolutely. Our services are versatile and can be applied to both residential and commercial properties on the Sunshine Coast. We understand the unique challenges and requirements of different property types and use our expertise and technology to effectively identify leaks in any setting.

How often should I have my property checked for leaks?

We recommend having your property checked for leaks at least once a year as part of regular maintenance. However, if your property has older plumbing systems or if you’ve experienced leaks before, more frequent checks might be necessary. Regular inspections can help catch potential issues early, preventing major damage and costly repairs.

What should I do before the professionals arrive?

If you suspect a leak, try to minimise water usage and monitor the situation closely. If possible, turn off the main water supply to prevent further damage. Avoid attempting DIY repairs, as they can sometimes exacerbate the problem. It’s best to wait for professional assistance to ensure the leak is properly identified and repaired.

Do you provide repair services after leak detection?

Yes, after detecting a leak, we offer comprehensive repair services to address the issue. Our team is skilled in various plumbing repairs, ensuring that once a leak is detected, it can be fixed promptly and efficiently. This provides a seamless service experience, from detection to resolution.

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