How to Spot a Pipe Leak

April 15, 2022 7:14 am


Whether you’re looking to save money on repairs or minimise the damage to your home, knowing how to spot a pipe leak is essential to preventing major water damage. If you know how to spot a leak, you can save time and money on a plumber’s visit. In addition, you can help minimise damage caused to the interior of your walls, floors and foundations.

If you’re not sure which pipe is leaking, you should check the shutoff at the water heater and/or the main water supply.

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Another common sign that you have a leak is a damp or musty smell. The water may be standing and creating a horrible smell. You might also notice a stained area in the ceiling or an outline of a water mark on the wall. In some cases, a leak can be so small that it doesn’t show up on the exterior, but it’s important to find it immediately to avoid major problems down the line.

If you’re not aware of the signs of a pipe leak, you can always contact your plumber. A plumber can pinpoint the exact location of the leak before tearing up your walls. If you can’t hear water coming from the pipes, you can use an infrared camera to detect the temperature and dampness inside your walls. These tools are particularly useful when you’re in an unfamiliar area and don’t have any other clues.

A leaky pipe can be extremely difficult to detect without a plumber’s help. A plumber’s video inspection equipment uses a camera and light mounted on a fibre optic cable. This device fits into many different sizes of pipes and relays feedback to the plumber via a monitor. Find out more about CCTV Drainage Surveys by visiting

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Another way to detect a water leak is by using a metal screwdriver. Hold one end next to the pipe and listen for the vibrations. If you hear a hissing or a gurgling noise, it’s likely to be a water leak. If you notice a spongy floor, call a plumber immediately.

A leaking pipe outside will eventually ruin your landscape. Standing water is the perfect breeding ground for insects and bacteria. Soil around your home will become unstable, so it’s best to check the soil around the pipe to find out if it’s causing this issue. The water will also damage the foundation of your home. Lastly, you’ll notice the smell of stagnant water and wet areas of soil where the ground is sinking.