How to Detect the Source of a Mystery Leak

How to Detect the Source of a Mystery Leak

Water damage caused by leaks causes homeowners in Glasgow millions of pounds every year. Although most of this cost is paid out by home insurance policies, the damage and inconvenience caused by mystery leaks are important to address. 


But where do mystery leaks come from? What should you do when you spot a leak in your home or garden? And how do you go about tracing and detecting a leak once it has been repaired? 


Here is a helpful guide to detecting the source of mystery leaks…


What Common Leaks Are Detected in the Home and Garden? 


Insurance claims for leaks at UK homes are up 30% in 2021, reaching a staggering total of £175 million! And while you might be covered if a leak destroys part of your home or garden, it’s still extremely inconvenient and can lead to further issues later down the line (think mould and mildew, for instance). 


Leaks present themselves from various sources, including: 


  • Bathroom sinks, taps, toilets, and other appliances
  • White appliances in the kitchen (dishwashers, washing machines, etc.) 
  • Leaky pipework in all areas of the home
  • Garden sprinkler systems and hosepipes 
  • Underground pipework and external guttering 


What Should You do When You Detect a Leak? 


When you detect a leak in your home or garden, the first thing you should do is take stock of the situation. Can it be easily fixed? Perhaps you just need to tighten the washer on your sink tap, for instance. But if your leak is substantial and you can’t get to the bottom of it yourself, you will need to call a plumber. 


But remember, in most cases, the plumber will fix the leak as they see it. They won’t necessarily perform trace and access leak detection, which is crucial to ascertain the real cause of the leak in question.


Why Is It Important to Trace & Detect a Mystery Leak Once It Has Been Fixed? 


Mystery leaks cost homeowners in Glasgow millions of pounds every year. Once your plumber has fixed the problem, the onus is on you to trace and detect the source of the leak. Why? Because you need to stop it from happening again. 


Some leaks are caused by damaged pipework, old appliances, or tiny gaps in the roof or walls. After all, water can pass through the smallest of spaces. If you don’t take the time to trace and detect a leak, you run the risk of mildew and mould growing in your home. 


And as you’re probably aware, mould is bad for your health and can cause skin irritation, allergies and even lead to breathing complications. The bottom line is that you don’t want to leave a leak undetected, as the resulting mould and damage is bad for your health and your home. 


How Can I Trace and Detect a Leak in My Home? 


The good news is that Rainbow International is perfectly placed to trace and detect mystery leaks in your home. Using specialised leak detection equipment, we are able to trace leaks back to their source, whether it exists in the roof, windows, groundwater, tile grout, or wherever else it may have originated. 


If you’re looking for a trusted trace and access leak detection specialist in Glasgow, then give us a call today on 0141 204 1235. We can help you find the source of the leak that’s plaguing your home and help you with the next steps and any necessary paperwork to support your subsequent insurance claims. 


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