Signs of a Water Leak

23 June 2017
A water leak can be both inconvenient and costly, if left unrepaired for too long it can end up causing damage to properties and belongings. Hearing water running when taps are off or noticing puddles that don’t dry up after rain are obvious signs of water leaks. But leaks are not always apparent so knowing how to spot one can be crucial to preventing extensive damage. We’ve identified some of the key ways to detect damage, to stop the problems early and prevent further damage.

Low Water Flow

If your taps are running at a trickle when they don’t normally, this may be a sign of a leaking pipe on the water main supply. Whilst you may have a lower flow at busy times of the day due to high demand on the water authority’s service, if it is persistent then the chances are that you have a leak on your cold water main. By fixing your water leak we will bring the flow back up to its optimum level.

Increased Water Bill

No one likes to receive an expensive water bill, however if your bill is significantly higher than expected this could be an indicator of a leak. Leaking water will continue to increase the property’s usage even if you are not running water. One way to check this is to close your internal stopcock and see if your meter is still moving around, and if it is then you’re likely to have a water leak. You can call Hamblin Watermains for advice and our quick and cost effective leak detection and repair service. 

Changes in the Ground

Leaking external pipes will cause changes in the surface of the ground outside of your property. If you notice soft, sunken areas of ground in your garden during dry periods, this could be a sign of water leaking below the surface. Watch out for uneven growth of grass, areas of very healthy lawn could be receiving more water than the rest of the garden due to an underground leak. Additionally, outside paving or brickwork may be damp and become unstable due to an increased water level beneath the surface. 
If you notice any of these signs in your home, don’t hesitate to contact Hamblin Watermains for a free of charge quote to carry out leak detection and repair. The longer a leak goes undetected, the more costly it can be and the more damage it can cause.