We have had cases where water pipes can leak below a sink for many months and go undetected. If you notice a leak then we recommend checking to see if there is any abnormal corrosion around connections, signs of deterioration or just something that doesn’t look quite right. This can indicate that the pipe could burst at any time.
Most toilets inlet water pipes connected to the toilet cistern can be checked simply by looking at the side of your toilet where there is a water connection. You can run your hand over the piping to see if there is any dampness, which could be a sign that repairs are required.
Most laundry taps nowadays are mixer taps styles, whereby the tap is mounted on the sink and two braided hoses connect to piping below the sink. These braided hoses are notorious for rusting and bursting, which can leave your laundry and house in a flood.
If you notice anything unusual then it is best to give us a call so we can check it out further and give you some peace of mind by repairing the pipe to prevent a burst pipe.
How To Check For Damaged Water Pipes
- Regularly check pipes for corrosion or any visible water dripping
- Routinely check the bottom of cabinets, piping and valves for water – if these areas are wet then there could be a leak somewhere
- Remember to dry your hands in between checking different areas for water leaks.
Should you suspect a leak, or even worse a burst, here are some things you can do:
- Turn off the isolation valve to the pipe
- If you can’t find the isolation valve and the pipe bursts, then find your main water meter and turn the water off there
- Call us on 0484600095 so we can come out and take a look
- Try not to repair the leaking pipe yourself as this can result in more damage making the job harder to fix.
We have spoken a lot about water piping below basin sinks, kitchen sinks, laundry sinks and toilets. However, there are many other pipes that are located in walls, below concrete, under a house or garden or even on your roof that are not as easy to check.
A quick and easy way to determine if you have a water pipe leaking in your house without calling a plumber is to check your main water meter when all fixtures, appliances and taps are turned off. Take a reading of your water meter then check 10 minutes later. If the water meter has read different, this may indicate you have an undetected leak somewhere in your house.
If you would like to know more about reading your water meter please visit SA Water’s website.
Not all leaking and burst pipes are easy fixes, especially when it’s below concrete, under bathroom tiles, or up in your ceiling space. We have the plumbing equipment to handle all types of leaks wherever these are located. Learn more about our leak detection service.
There’s nothing like an emergency than not having water, especially when it’s a hot day and you’re needing cold water. If you have a burst water pipe that needs replacing, then we are the Plumbers in Adelaide to call. We can get you up and running on the day and set you up for a long time to come.