The cost of leaks and water damage

During winter at MTP South East Auckland the majority of our work comes from leaks within the home and the water damage they make.

As a home or rental property owner it is important to deal with leaks fast before the damage builds up.  Usually depending on the source of the leak there are some telltale signs that you may have an issue:

  • A large water bill, this can indicate issues with your plumbing
  • Noises from your pipes could be a sign that your pipes are loose
  • Unpleasant odor, this can be caused by a clogged pipe or broken sewer
  • Damp Walls or ceilings and floors could be a sign of roof leaks, leaking pipes or bathware
  • Poor water pressure may be an indication that you have a leak before the tapware
  • Poor water quality can be caused by degraded or a leak
  • Over flowing gutters, these can cause excess water to seep in through the roof or the walls

A simple way to check for leaks is to turn off all appliances and taps inside and outside your home and then check if your water meter is moving, you could also take the meter before you leave the house after switching all water off and check again a couple of hours later, this will give you an indication of a slower less obvious leak.

There are some simple things you can do to avoid some of these from happening:

  • Empty your shower trap regularly, the buildup of debris can loosen the pipes which will overflow into surrounding areas
  • Have your gutters and downpipes regularly cleaned, especially if you have internal fascia
  • Clear your drains in the bathroom, kitchen and laundry regularly by using an over the counter drain cleaner or try a natural remedy like baking soda and vinegar
  • Its worth maintaining your roof very couple of years if it’s iron and checking it after storms, particularly check for leaks in your roof space after a storm

If you ever have any queries about these kind of issues, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us a message as we are only too happy to help and advise

This is a photograph from one of our jobs where the source of the leak was in the plumbing behind the bath unfortunately it was undetected for quite some time. This would have easily been noticed by following the steps above and that would have saved the owners on the cost and extent of the repair work.