In this article, we look at how to find a water leak underground.
Finding a water leak underground can be tricky. Often, you won’t know that you’ve got a leaking underground pipe until you get an unusually high water bill (we’re talking 50% more or even higher). That’s a lot of money! That being said, there are other signs that you can watch out for, such as water pooling in an area on your property.
Here’s a quick look at how to find a water leak underground:
To find out what to do after, read on. We’ve previously talked about what causes a burst water pipe, but in this article, we are going to delve into the nitty-gritty of how to find an underground water leak. Not only will we show you a few simple tests to help you self-diagnose the problem at home, but we will walk you through how a professional plumber can help locate and identify the exact location of the leak and, in turn, fix the problem once and for all.
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Now, we’ll walk you through a few simple steps to help you determine whether or not you have a burst underground pipe.
A water meter measures the amount of water entering your house. It is usually located in the nature strip outside your property, in a black or green box.
Bear in mind if you live in a complex with other units, apartments, or townhouses, there may not be an individual water meter for each dwelling. If you suspect a water leak in this situation, the best course of action is to contact body corporate or simply contact a professional plumber yourself.
Be very thorough with this step; things like the freezer making ice can be enough to throw the readings off, so check everything.
This will help you know the baseline at which you’re starting.
This includes flushing the toilet! Really be mindful of trying to keep the results as precise and reliable as possible. If you end up using any water before taking your second reading, simply start again from step two.
Once the hour has elapsed, and if you didn’t use any water during that period, it’s time for a second reading. Sadly, if the new reading is higher than the first, you have a leak. (Top tip: we recommend you perform this process regularly in order to catch leaks early and save you money in the long run – a burst underground pipe can be extremely expensive).
If you can’t find the location of the leak, then you should contact a professional plumber to get it diagnosed and fixed as soon as possible.
Different methods might be employed when determining the exact location of an underground leak. We always strive to use the least invasive approach. Whilst we can provide basic initial inspections, a professional leak specialist might need to be called in if the leak is hard to locate. Let’s take a look at a few leak detection methods:
The first step we take when attempting to identify the exact location of a leak is to walk around the property and check all internal and external plumbing for any signs of a leak, such as dripping water, damp areas, and pools of water. If we cannot identify a leak like this, we will bring in a leak detection specialist who may use any of the following methods.
This method involves adding pressurised gas into your pipes. The gas will then seep out at the leak location, and the leak specialist will use specialised equipment to detect traces of the gas. This should provide enough evidence of where the problem is located and is best for leaks occurring under hard materials such as concrete.
Leaks make noise, and with this technique, specialised equipment that can pick up faint sounds is used to determine the location of the leak.
Having a burst pipe can be a nightmare for homeowners. You risk the possibility of losing property and having your house or business damaged. As critical as these issues are, it can be tricky to figure out what causes a burst water pipe on your own.
Our burst pipe experts at DCM Plumbing and Drainage can help you identify the signs of a burst water pipe and fix them for you, but first, let’s dive into what causes a burst water pipe and some ways that you can identify it.
Higher than usual water consumption on your water bill could be a sign that you have a burst water pipe.
Another sign of a possible burst water pipe are changes in water pressure from your taps. If it’s a trickle one minute and then full-force the next, you could have a problem!
Noticed some damp marks in your home? This could be a sign of a potential burst water pipe and should be looked at ASAP.
If you notice some puddles or boggy areas in your garden and don’t know where they came from, you could be dealing with a burst water pipe.
Another common sign that you may have a burst water pipe is if there is brown or smelly water coming out of your taps. This is because a burst pipe can become contaminated by the elements due to the rupture.
If you notice any of these problems in your home, be sure to call a qualified plumber today.
If your water pressure is too high, it can put stress on your pipes and cause them to burst. To determine whether you have high water pressure, you can have a plumber check the pressure in your home. If it is too high, they can install a pressure reducing valve to help fix the problem. A pressure reducing valve, sometimes called a water pressure regulator, is a safe and relatively inexpensive way to reduce the pressure in your pipes, thus reducing the likelihood of a bursting pipe.
Pipes that have been corroded by rust can burst and cause water damage to your home. If you think your pipes might be corroded, it’s important to call a plumber to inspect them. The plumber can replace any corroded pipes and help prevent a burst pipe.
Another common cause of a burst water pipe is simply that the pipe has deteriorated. This can be due to age or damage. Think your pipes might have deteriorated? Then book an appointment with DCM Plumbing today, and we can arrange a visit to check your pipes and make sure to prevent any serious issues.
Blocked pipes don’t merely slow down the flow of water; if left unattended, they can trigger a burst pipe. However, you don’t need to go through the stress of sorting out a blocked pipe yourself, as DCM Plumbing can get it sorted for you in no time.
Cooler weather and large fluctuations in temperature cause your pipes as well as the dirt and soil surrounding them to contract and expand, which can lead to them bursting. This problem is exacerbated when temperatures reach 0 degrees and below as water expands when it freezes, which can then put internal pressure on the pipe, potentially leading to a rupture.
Unfortunately, poor soldering and general shoddy workmanship can occur on occasion, and this can wreak havoc on your pipes. This is why it’s crucial that if you notice any of the signs of a burst water pipe, you should contact a plumber immediately to help diagnose the problem.
The team at DCM Plumbing is made up of fully licensed burst pipe plumbers on the Gold Coast. We provide same-day service, and we can help you avoid a burst pipe causing damage to your home and property. Contact us as soon as you suspect that you may have a burst pipe and we will get it sorted.
It’s a fact that most homeowners will experience a burst pipe in their lifetime. There are 6 signs you may have a burst pipe, so before you call out your local Gold Coast plumber to help, check out this handy list we’ve created so you can spot a possible leaking pipe which can also help to minimise the cost of repairs and damage to your home, carry on reading to find out more.
If you have any of the following 6 signs, it’s very likely you have a leaking pipe in or around your property-
6 SIGNS OF BURST PIPE
When a water main pipe leaks, it is possible to notice a drop in the water pressure coming through to the taps. This is due to some of the water that would normally come through to the tap, leaking out of the broken pipe.
When leaks occur in pipes in the walls, ceilings or floor, there are usually noticeable water staining marks in the area of the leak. Vermin can chew through plastic piping in roofs and walls, causing small leaks that can be tricky to hear and see.
Constantly damp or wet areas in around the garden when there hasn’t been any rain recently is another tell tell sign you may have a burst pipe. Also patches of thriving grass when most of the garden is looking a little dry is another good indication that you may have a leak.
If water is discoloured or smelly when it comes out of your taps, it may be a sign of a corroded and possibly leaking pipe in your mains water system.
Have your water usage charges gone up dramatically without any obvious reason, like extra guests or watering of the garden during the drier seasons? If so, this is a good indication that you have a water leak on your property.
Have you noticed a new dripping or running water sound that won’t go away? Don’t ignore this one as it could be the sound of damage being caused by water leaking inside the walls of your home.
If you suspect a burst pipe and have checked out the list above, it’s time to call in help from your local trusted Gold Coast plumber, DCM Plumbing on (07) 5576 5305, we are fully licensed and insured and can attend to all emergencies the same day.
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