Why is Leak Detection so important for your home?

As a home owner, have you noticed that your water bill has gone up compared to previous months, or a water puddle has formed on your floor. Are you concerned that your premises may be in danger from a leak, but you’re not sure what is going on or where the water is coming from?

Toscano Plumbing can quickly determine whether you actually have a leak, pinpoint exactly where your leak is, and provide professional repairs as a licensed plumber. Toscano Plumbing will come out as quickly as possible to ensure that the damage to your property is minimised.

How to Detect a Water Leak in Your Home

Detecting the precise location of a water leak can be difficult, but there are several signs that you can look out for that can tell you that it is occurring:
● Unexplained high water bill
● Wet carpet
● Water puddle
● Wet spot on walls or ceiling
● The sound of water running, but without visible signs of water
● Reduced water pressure from taps

Prevent Damage to Your Home Before It’s Too Late!

Water leaks can cause serious and expensive damage to your home. Here are some of the ways a leak left unrepaired can cause major damage:

1. Damaged Paint/Wallpaper

Your walls can give you the first sign of a possible water leak problem in your home. Water and moisture can get trapped between the wall and the wallpaper/paint and cause the bond to undo, causing peeling and flaking.

2. Damaged Walls

A wall that is deformed or stained for no apparent reason may point to a plumbing leak. When a dry wall comes in contact with water or moisture, the plaster becomes soft, starts to bubble and can crumble. This can become an expensive problem to fix.

3. Damaged Floors

If you find a leak in the floor of your home, such as your bathroom, cracking or staining can occur. The bathroom tiles may also start to loosen due to the moisture underneath it breaking down the grouting between them.

4. Mold/Mildew

The appearance of mold or mildew on your wall or floors can keep reappearing in the case of a leak. Mold tends to flourish in moist areas, and a leaking pipe located behind a wall or underneath the floor provides the perfect atmosphere for it to spawn and cause damage.
Mold or mildew resulting from a leaking pipe can pose a serious health risk to you and your family, which is why it is important to get it detected and fixed as early as possible.

5. Bad Smell of Stale Water

When a pipe-leak goes unnoticed for a long period of time, water starts to accumulate. As it becomes stale it starts to smell very bad. If you clean your home regularly, but still notice a musty or damp smell, then you probably have a leak on your hands. Sometimes, the water may not dry up, which can only worsen the problem by causing mold or mildew that just won’t go away.

Ways to Check for Water Leaks

Detecting hidden water leaks in your plumbing system not only saves you money, but it can also prevent potential disaster down the road.

Check the water meter

One of the easiest way to tell if your home has a water leak is to check the water meter. First, turn off all the water using appliances, making sure the washing machine, dishwasher, and all taps are off. Check the water meter and take a reading. Then come back in a couple of hours, making sure all the water stays off. If the meter changed, you probably have a small water leak on your hands.

Monitor your water bill

It is easy to go on-line and check your water bill. Check previous months and if you notice a large increase without a change in your usage, you probably have a water leak.

Use some food coloring

Toilets make up a good percent of water used in a home so it’s a good idea to test it for leaks. Just add a few drops of food coloring to the tank of the toilet, wait a few minutes, if the color shows up in the toilet bowl, you have a water leak.

Don’t forget to check outside

Check your outdoor taps, hoses, and irrigation system. Just a pinhole leak can account for 5,000-10,000 litres of wasted water a month!

Have a Check Performed by a Licensed Plumbing Professional

Since most water pipes are located underground and behind walls, it can make detecting water leaks difficult. It is worth the investment to have a professional water leak detection service to inspect your home.

Our Advanced Leak Detection Technology

Acoustic Leak Detection: Our technicians are trained to utilise the most advanced acoustic leak detection system. Sensitive ultrasound devices can “listen” at a frequency beyond the human range of hearing. To our instruments, even the tiniest leak makes a traceable noise.

Thermography: We utilise state-of-the-art thermography, which is similar to a color infrared photograph. With it, we can identify tiny temperature differences that can lead us to leaks.