How to test at home

A sudden increase in your water bill, the unexplained presence of mold in your house, and even puddles of mud on your lawn are just some of the tell-tale signs that you might have a leak or a burst pipe in your home.

Below are some of the things that you can try on your own to test if you have a damaged piping system.

Stormwater test

There are many reasons why your stormwater drains can get damaged. There’s root intrusion, accumulation of environmental matter, as well as the movement of soil. Over time, these drainage systems can weaken and may cause water to back up and overflow from the drain. That said, damaged stormwater drains can also affect the structural integrity of the pipes laid on your property. Here’s how you can check it.

Look for grass growth: If you see noticeable green patches of grass, make sure to check it out. This could be an indication that water is leaking.

Inspect bubbling drains: Water may bubble from the stormwater drain in the event of a heavy downpour. The bubbles may indicate an obstruction in the drainage system.

Check for ground cracks: Another sign to look out for is damaged concrete. This can be a result of ground movement caused by a damaged stormwater drain.

Roof leak test

Roof leaks are often caused by storm damage or poor workmanship. Nevertheless, they are never a pretty sight. They create annoying stains on your ceiling and can potentially damage your home. During the early signs of roof leaks, it’s best to seek the help of professionals to prevent further damage. Here are a few common signs of roof leaks.

Dripping water: An obvious effect of a damaged roof is the leaks that penetrate the ceiling. The damage should be somewhere near the part of the plafond.

Discolouration: A sure sign of roof leaks are stains left on your ceiling. The larger the stain, the more serious the damage.

Missing tiles: Especially on clay roof tiles, any missing piece is a clear indication that there is, or will be, leaks on the roof.

Burst pipe test

Burst pipes are one of the more serious pipe issues anyone can deal with. A burst pipe can fill your home with water in a matter of seconds. It can start in a small crack but can end up in a disaster. If you suspect that you have a burst pipe, here are a few things you can do.

Check pressure: If you notice that there has been a significant loss of water pressure, it could be a sign that you have a broken or cracked pipe.

Increasing water bills: You are losing water and while it’s water you’re not using it is water calculated towards your bill.

Soft lawn patches: Because water is forced out of the pipes, they can create small puddles of mud on your lawn.

If you are experiencing any of the above signs, make sure to contact one of our leak detection specialists today.

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