Hot Water Leak
Water Leak Detection
We can find leaks on your hot water pipes. Undetected leaks can cause damage, leading to costly repairs.
A leak on the hot water could run undetected for a long time. It may only be discovered when you get a large water bill or start to see damage to your property. Damage could be visible as salts showing on the brickwork below the DPC level, damp patches on walls or the bottom of door frames and skirting boards starting to rot.
You can take a very close look at your property if you thing you have a leak. Check behind kitchen kick boards, lift carpet and other loose floor coverings. Have you notices a warm patch of floor that wasn’t there before? Is there a new bump/lump in your floor? There can be lots of clues, but to pin point a hot water leak you need a specialist. Have you noticed a warm patch when walking around in bare feet?
If you have a Combi Boiler is it running when it shouldn’t be. A large hot water leak could be the cause.
The leak team will trace your pipes, where possible, using thermal imaging. In most cases a hot water leak will be found with this method because it shows as a heat plume as the hot water escapes into the surrounding fabric of your property. Sound can also be used to pin point the leak by tracing the constant sounds of leaking water and moisture meters are used to compare areas of your property to find any damp patches. We specialise in the use of trace gas to detect leaks; this is introduced to the water pipes and when it escapes from the hole in the pipe our specialist equipment can detect it.
Inside your property a leak to the hot water pipes may cause a damp patch, an audible sound, constant running of the water meter or the header tank continually filling. Traditionally these leaks would be found by destructive means, starting at an area based on an educated guess and progressing along the line of the pipes. This could mean extensive and costly repairs along with major upheaval in your home. Our modern methods accurately locate the source of the leak, causing the minimum destruction and damage.
We are proud to provide our leak detection services on a metered supply on a “NO FIND : NO FEE” basis (see our terms and conditions page). In addition most household insurance policies offer cover for leak detection under “Trace and Access” Please check your policy for details. We have many year experiences of working with insurance companies and can provide full photographic reports for insurers or loss adjusters if required.
The Leak Team use the latest methods and equipment to offer a full Trace and Access service. This means that we both locate the source of the leak, and where appropriate, expose the pipework to allow a repair to be undertaken.
Our methods include:
Thermal Imaging Camera
Water Analysis using Salt & pH Kit