Plumbing leaks vary in shape, size, and intensity. Unless one of your plumbing system’s pipes burst catastrophically, you probably won’t know that you need a leak detection plumber until the water bill comes along. Here, you’re likely to find yourself perplexed at this inexplicably astronomical bill, coming out of nowhere.
Before you waste time searching “leak detection Randburg”, give us a call. Our pro leak detection plumber will be on the job, sorting out your plumbing woes in no time.
So, what causes plumbing leaks? Perhaps you’re wondering if you did anything wrong, whether your maintenance plan was lacking, or whether that previous “plumber” did a poor job. For your convenience, we’ve listed the most common reasons people call out a leak detection plumber.
There are tons of plumbing seals in your home. Trust us. Every pipe joint and appliance connection has a plumbing seal. These seals are what keeps the joints and connections from dripping. Unfortunately, these seals don’t last forever. Eventually, they wear out or break, causing a leak. These leaks can be either a slow, steady drip that you hardly notice or a stream of water gushing from the worn or broken seal.
Usually, worn seals have an “early warning system”, if you know what to look for. Keep an eye on the water connections to your appliances such as dishwashers, geysers, and washing machines. If you notice condensation or puddles forming near the seal, it’s time to replace it before it fails catastrophically.
Over time, plumbing systems age and rust. The older lead and cast iron pipes are especially prone to rust. Conversely, the newer plumbing systems tend to use PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipes, which don’t rust but can still wear over time.
If you have any visible plumbing pipes on your property, keep an eye on them for discolouration or warping. This is usually the first sign of wear and corrosion – if you see this, have the pipe replaced before it springs a leak.
Most properties don’t have visible plumbing pipes, however. If this is the case, you will have to watch the walls where these pipes run for damp spots and discolouration.
Damaged Pipe Joints
Pipe joints are usually not visible since most of them are above the ceiling or inside the walls. Unfortunately, these are often the first to go, since it’s the weakest link in your plumbing system. If you hear a ticking or banging noise in your plumbing pipes when you open a tap, it’s usually an indication that your plumbing joints are taking the strain. Have a qualified plumber (that’s us) take a look at it.
Excessive Water Pressure
If your water pressure is too high, your plumbing system probably won’t be able to handle it. While high water pressure ensures a nice shower and fills your tub in two ticks, it’s not the best long-term solution for your plumbing system. The same applies to fluctuations in water pressure. Plumbing systems are simply not designed to work under these conditions.
If you’re concerned about the water pressure on your property, call us to have a look.