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.
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
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.
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.
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.