Wondering what causes pipes to leak? If you think you have a leaking water pipe or just want to be sure your plumbing system is safe and compliant here is some basic information regarding what can contribute to pipes leaking in or around your home. These easy to understand tips will help you keep your home safe and dry, no coming home to nasty surprises and will save you from expensive repair bills that can be caused from water leaks going unnoticed
Signs you may have a burst or leaking pipe.
Has your water bill increased significantly compared to previous bills for the same period? Can you hear any dripping or humming sounds in your walls? Have you noticed any dampness or mould growing on carpets, water staining on plaster walls or ceilings or puddles of water? Hot water nor as hot as usual? If you have you may have a leaking or burst pipe.
What to do if you suspect you have a bust pipe or leaking pipe:
First thing to do if you suspect you have a burst or leaking pipe is to isolate your water supply by turning your mains water supply valve off, this valve is generally located at the water meter supplying your home or business. If your home or business is part of a body corporate there is usually a bank of water meters in an allocated area so you’ll find your isolation valve there.
A quick and easy DIY check is to take a meter reading while your water supply is turned off. Turn the isolation valves off to your toilets then turn your main water supply back on. Wait approx. 1hr but make sure no taps or fixtures are used in this time. After 1 hr take another meter reading, it should read the same as the number you wrote down. If it’s moved it sounds like you have a leak. If you suspect you have a leak Call your Local Plumber Essendon Plumbing Services on 9335 4755 for a fast reliable service 24/7 365 days of the year and remember to turn the water back on to your toilets.
Common Pipes Used In Homes Around Australia
Older homes were built using galvanised iron metal pipework. Over time these pipes corrode both on the outside and the inside and are prone to corroding and leaking at the threaded joints. This was followed by the use of Copper pipe then came plastic products which now flood our market and there are numerous different plastic products being used on homes around Australia. Most new homes and renovations have a mixture of both plastic and copper pipework. If you are aware of what pipes have been used in your home it can save time making it easier and cheaper to locate and repair your leaking water pipes.
Poor Work Quality
If the installation of pipework has been carried out by an un qualified person or a person who doesn’t have the appropriate training in a specific product then there is a possibility it could fail. The installation may have been completed to an unrealistic budget so short cuts were taken. Possibly incorrect fittings have been used, wrong type of plastic fixing tools, incorrect use of Teflon tape, insufficient amounts of sealing paste, poorly welded joints, wrong fixings or stress on pipework can all cause leaking water pipes. Unfortunately sometimes these leaks occur in areas you can't see like in your walls or under the floor so the quicker you can identify you have a leak the least amount of damage will be caused.
Too Much Pressure
In Victoria all new homes are required to have a 500 KPA pressure limiting valve installed at your water meter to limit the water pressure at all outlets to 500 KPA. This is to ensure the plumbing system within your home is not subject to an increase in mains pressure damaging your pipework, fixtures, appliances or tapware.
Copper pipework is less corrosive than steel pipework but can still corrode causing small pin size holes to form on the pipe. Copper pipe if creased during installation can become a week spot on the pipe and can split and leak. Silver soldered joints and welds between copper and brass if not welded properly or the correct pipe preparation not carried out can cause dry joints which over time will leak.
Essendon Plumbing Services for 33 years have been your local plumbing professionals, where ready to respond to your call quickly and repair your water leaks in a cost effective manor with minimal fuss.