When a water pipe bursts, you need a Plumber quickly. Burst water pipes can cause damage to your property as well as neighbouring properties. Our customer, Carolyn, recently prevented this by contacting Essendon Plumbing Services as soon as she became aware she had a plumbing problem.
Carolyn received a call from her neighbour saying there was a significant amount of water flowing out of a pipe at the rear of her property, which was flowing into her neighbours back yard. Carolyn inspected the area and saw there was a large amount of water exiting a pipe along her back fence.
She immediately contacted Essendon Plumbing Services – who allocated the job to our on-call emergency plumber, as it was a Saturday morning. Matt attended the job within 1 hour.
Arrival on Site
When Matt arrived, he was shown the location of the water flowing out of the pipe. He then located the water meter and turned it off to make sure it was the main water supply to the house that was leaking. Once the water was off, he returned to the leaking pipe and saw it had nearly stopped.
Matt was then assured it was on the domestic water supply to the house, he then set about locating the exact position of the leak.
Locating the Leak
There were no water pipes along the rear fence line of the house, so Matt started the process of elimination to locate the leak. What he noted the water was coming out of a storm water pipe, so the water must have got into the storm water system somewhere within the property.
There were 3 storm water pits on the property and all three had water flowing through them when the water meter was on, so the burst pipe was somewhere above the furthest pit.
At the front of the property, near the water meter, was where the loudest sound was coming from the cold-water pipes. There was timber decking in the area though, so Matt needed to remove some decking boards to gain access.
Once he removed some boards, it was obvious the leak was in that area as there were pools of water under the deck. Matt then removed enough decking to access the area and quickly located the bust water pipe.
How the Leak Occurred
What Matt found was when the decking was built, one of the foundation holes for the decking had a copper water pipe running through it. Instead of relocating the pipe around the footing, the concrete was poured with the copper pipe remaining in the concrete.
Over time, expansion, and contraction of both the pipe and the concrete had caused the pipe to split and leak.
Fixing the Leak
- Matt dug up and exposed the pipe either side of the footing
- Then he installed a new piece of copper pipe between the two - diverting the water around the concrete
- The water was then turned back on, and the leak was repaired
- He then re-instated the timber decking
- Then cleaned up the site
- He explained to Carolyn what had caused the water leak
Carolyn was thrilled the plumbing problem was resolved so quickly and, on a Saturday. She was happy there was no longer water running into her neighbour’s property.
Locating Water Leaks
Locating leaking water pipes and leaking drainage pipes is often a process of elimination. An experienced local residential plumber is your best bet to find and fix your leaking pipes without causing unnecessary damage to your home.
As you have read, locating, and exposing burst water pipes takes skill and experience, that’s where a licensed plumbing expert comes to the fore.
Essendon Plumbing Services has an experienced team of licensed plumbing professionals ready to find and fix your plumbing problems.