Finding the best plumber in Melbourne to quickly locate and repair water leaks will prevent major damage to your home and save you money in repair bills.
If you think you have a water leak you need to act quickly to locate the source of the leak. An expert local plumber in water leaks will be able to locate and repair your leak before it causes considerable damage to your home or business.
The first step when you have a Water Leak
- When you have a water leak your first step is to turn off your water supply to your home. See our blog to learn how to do this.
- The second step is to call your local plumber, they will have a plumbing professional out to your property within the hour.
Dripping toilets and leaking taps may seem like a small plumbing problem at the time but the damage they can cause can amount to expensive repairs.
Essendon Plumbing Services suggests if you’re not a confident DIYer then you should contact an experienced plumber who will quickly locate and repair your water leak before irreparable damage is done to your home.
The Most Common Water Leaks
1. Fixtures and Tapware
Toilets, basins, baths, and showers are all common household plumbing fixtures. They all have tapware that supplies water to the fixture, and they all utilise a drainage system to remove wastewater from the fixture.
Plumbing pipework is used to both supply water and remove water from the fixture and this is where common leaks occur.
Here are some common causes of leaking plumbing fixtures:
- Old and corroded pipework
- Blocked pipes
- Incorrect installations
- Split washers
- High water pressure
- Split or broken pipes
These leaks can cause serious damage to the walls, floors, cabinetry, footings, and foundations of your home and cause your property to move cracking brickwork and plaster.
There can also be a serious risk of electrocution or fire if water is left dripping onto electrical wires, fittings, or appliances, which is why a fast response to water leaks is critical.
Tap washers and dripping taps are an easy repair that any confident DIYer can legally do but remember to always turn off the water at the meter before you start.
Note: Some older taps can be hard to remove, so if this is the case, we suggest calling an experienced licensed plumber to prevent causing further damage.
Your home sewer and storm water system are either suspended below ground or both. Old pipes like earthenware and cast iron are prone to cracking and rusting over time. Ground movement and tree roots are a common cause of broken and cracked earthenware sewer and storm water pipes.
Once the drains are cracked water starts to seep into the ground causing movement and allowing tree roots to enter the drain. Once inside, the pipe tree roots thrive in the moist environment quickly growing and causing your pipes to clog.
There are many different signs your drains might be starting to block such as:
- The toilet starting to gurgle
- The kitchen sink draining slowly
- The shower draining slowly
- The basin draining slowly
- Unexpected wet patches in the lawn or paved areas outside your home that are normally dry.
An overflowing sewer is a health risk and needs to be dealt with by an experienced licensed plumber as soon as you notice one of the above signs.
Leaking drains can also cause structural damage to your home by changing the moisture content of the surrounding soil causing ground movement effecting footings and foundations and causing walls to crack.
Call Essendon Plumbing Services for a quick 1hr response time for all your plumbing emergencies.
3. Burst Pipes
Incorrectly installed water pipes, rusted old pipes, excessive water pressure or pipes that have been hit or damaged will all cause water leaks.
Some common signs you have a burst water pipe are:
- Damp or stained walls
- Hissing sound in a wall
- Hissing in your ceiling
- Hissing under the floor
- Mould forming on surfaces in your home
- An excessive water bill
Once again, structural damage can be caused by burst water pipes left to run in your walls or under floors. Timber surfaces like floorboards, cabinetry and stud walls will swell and deform requiring expensive repair work to rectify. As soon as you suspect you have a burst water pipe, we suggest you contact your local expert plumber, and have it repaired before it causes serious and expensive damage.
Unfortunately, you only notice roof leaks when it’s raining so you need to know your plumber will respond fast to prevent unnecessary damage to your home or business.
A leaking roof can be caused by:
- Rusted roof sheets
- Cracked roof tiles
- Leaking or blocked gutters and downpipes
- Incorrectly installed flashing
- Unsealed skylights
- Leaking chimney flashing
Signs you have a roof leak are:
- Stained ceilings
- Paint peeling off the walls or ceilings
- Cracks in plaster
- Mould forming inside your home
- Damp smells
- Water dripping down from your ceiling
For all plumbing emergencies Essendon Plumbing Services offers a guaranteed within the 1hr emergency response time so give us a call, where always there to help, 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week.
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