Water Leak Detection

Leak Detection Gold Coast

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Gold Coast


DCM Plumbing is here to help you with leak detection on the Gold Coast. With 1000+ 5* Google reviews (and counting) we are proud to be the best rated plumbers on the Gold Coast – and this reputation extends to our leak detection capabilities.  

As verified members of the Master Plumbers Association of Queensland, we provide professional leak detection services to residents of the Gold Coast – services that last. To repair burst pipes and keep water bills low, call DCM Plumbing on 07 5576 5305 today. A bad leak can be classified as a plumbing emergency, so don’t hesitate! 

We understand that household leaks on the Gold Coast are more than just an inconvenience. Leaks (which are almost always unavoidable) can increase your water bill unnecessarily, damage fixtures and fittings, and put your home at risk of flooding.

Further, with a tap that drips once a second wasting up to 33 litres of water per day, it’s our environmental responsibility to detect and repair leaks as soon as they start – and at DCM Plumbing, we can detect leaks quickly and easily, saving you time and money.

Contact us today for quick and reliable leak detection on the Gold Coast. 

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The Gold Coast's Leak Detection Services with a difference

We offer the Gold Coast’s best leak detection services. We focus on what’s important: the water main pipework and fixtures that could be leaking such as toilets, taps and hot water systems. If a leaking pipe is found then the most common cause is a deterioration of the pipework.

If the pipework is poly pipe then the offending section is cut out and a new section is inserted in its place. If the pipework is copper, then a weld may be sufficient to fix a pinhole leak. If the pipework has corroded then a new section of copper pipe is run in its place.

We’ve encountered our fair share of corroded pipes over the years while performing leak detection on the Gold Coast, so believe us when we say we’ve seen it all. We’ll be able to make sure you get the best outcome for your leaking pipe, potentially saving you thousands in damages. 


Read here about common causes of water leaks in the home.


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Why choose us?

  • Local: Our licensed plumbers are based locally on the Gold Coast so we can be there fast before the leak poses a risk to property. Think you have an emergency? Call us now! 
  • Reliable: Our leak detection services on the Gold Coast rely on repeat business and word of mouth. So we understand that reliability is what customers look for and is why we make sure to only leave when the job is well and truly done!
  • Respectful and friendly: Our plumbers treat your home or property as well as they do their own. We are certified ‘Tidy Tradies’ and guarantee the least amount of disruption to your home or garden while we perform our leak detection services on your Gold Coast home.
  • Experience: With almost 20 years’ experience in plumbing and leak detection on the Gold Coast, we have thousands of satisfied customers. Don’t take our word for it! Just look at our Google reviews. 
  • We go the extra mile: If you’ve already received a higher-than-average water bill, the Gold Coast City Council may offer relief for high usage caused by concealed water leaks. See below for more details. 

If we carry out a repair that will qualify for relief on your water bill, we’ll send you a form to apply for a rebate along with details of the repair and the first meter reading. Take a look at the form here.

All you need to do is provide your personal details and take a second meter reading a week after the repair and send your application to Gold Coast City Council.

GCCC only allow three relief applications in a ten-year period, so make sure the water bill is excessive enough to warrant a claim.

So if you’re after trusted leak detection services on the Gold Coast call us on 07 5576 5305 today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Leak detection costs vary depending on whether the leak is at a freestanding home, unit or commercial premises.  We can provide an upfront price before proceeding to give you total peace of mind. We can also trace water lines so that leaking pipes can be bypassed or replaced if necessary.  Leaking water pipes can occur almost anywhere – the challenge is finding and fixing the problem.  Call us today if you have any concerns about a potential leak.

This comes in 2 formats (i) the first is a test carried out by a qualified plumber who checks your water meter and carries out visual checks on internal and external plumbing fixtures such as taps, toilets and hot water units. (ii) the second type of test is carried out by a leak detection specialist. They use special listening devices after putting water pipes under pressure to hear where the pressure escapes, thus identifying underground and hidden leaks in the piping systems.

The most obvious way to know you have a water leak is by seeing water where it should not be. This could be a soggy patch in your garden, water running into the road when it hasn’t been raining, swollen timber on cabinets, walls and ceilings. Another way people know they may have a water leak is when the Council send them a letter saying their water usage has gone up over 50% from their last billing period.

If you believe you have a water leak but can’t see any signs of a leak, you should check your water meter for signs of movement. To do this, turn off all taps, dishwashers, washing machines and any other fixtures that use water. Take a photo of your water meter reading, don’t use any water on the property for 1 hour. Take a second photo of your water meter reading. If the digits have moved during this hour it is likely you have a water leak.

When a plumber investigates a potential water leak they carry out a 10 minute test on the water meter checking for signs of movement. If there is movement and depending on how quickly the meter is moving, the next step is to check for any leaking fixtures within the property. If there are no leaking fixtures they will then check around the property for signs of a leak. This could be as simple as water pooling in an area, water running into the road, a wet patch on an otherwise dry area of concrete or a very green section of grass where surrounding grass is not (easier to see in the winter months than summer). If no obvious signs of water can be found, then we engage the services of a specialist leak locator who will carry out further tests on the integrity of the incoming water main pipework.

The main causes of a leaking pipe are:

  • Deterioration of piping
  • Unruly water pressure
  • Blocked drains
  • Poor workmanship
  • Broken seals
  • Tree roots
  • Rapid temperature changes

If in doubt, call us today and we can help you detect the cause of your leak. 

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. Here are some basic methods to find a water leak underground:

  • Physically examining the plumbing
  • Gas injection method
  • Acoustic leak detection

Find out more in our blog on how to detect a water leak underground

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. To check if you have a leak, turn off the mains tap in the water meter and watch the meter dial. If it continues to climb even when the supply should be turned off, you have a water leak! 

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. 

If you have a water leak on your property, then it is simply up to you to fix it. 

If you notice a leak on public property however, you can call the Gold Coast council on 1300000928. Find out more on the GC council website

Yes, absolutely! We’ve seen it all when it comes to leaks, and we’ve certainly helped Gold Coast residents with water leaks in their ceilings before. These can be very damaging and costly so call us now! 

Do check if your water is leaking slowly, you need to find your water meter. It is usually located in the nature strip outside your property, in a black or green box.

To check if you have water leaking slowly, turn off the mains tap located with your water meter. Make a note of the numbers, then leave and come back in an hour and if the numbers have increased, you have a slow water leak! Contact us today and we will help you fix it. 

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