A leak in a pipe or from an appliance can be minor if you get on it quickly, but if it goes unnoticed or it is left it can escalate into a major problem. Early leak detection is the key to saving you time, money and hassle.
Three reasons why early leak detection is important
Leaks can cause your water bill to sky rocket
If you are on a water meter at your home then you are charged for your water usage. A hidden leak could be making it look like you are using more water and therefore pushing up your bill. One way of checking for leaks is by using your water meter as a guide. Check the reading before a time when you won’t use water – say just before bed – and then check again after a period of time, eg first thing in the morning. If the meter reading has changed you are likely losing water from somewhere.
Leaks can be bad for your home
A hidden leak in a roof space or behind a wall can have serious consequences for the structure or your home and your fixtures and fittings if left unfixed. A long-term leak can cause damage to the wooden frame of your house or your roof structure. Water seeping up through the floor or through walls and ceilings can also damage your paintwork and carpets.
You may not be insured for this damage depending on your policy. Some insurance companies class a slow leak as gradual damage and will not cover it. However many will allow it if you can prove the leak was hidden. Quick leak detection will reduce the impact of the damage and possibly save you making an insurance claim.
Leaks can be bad for your health
A build up of damp and moisture in your home can lead to less clean air and the growth of mould and mildew. If this builds up it could start causing health issues especially if someone in your household has allergies or respiratory problems.
Moisture testing is a hassle-free way of detecting leaks, even before you can see them
Many leaks cannot be easily detected, at least not before they get too big to easily deal with. Common areas where leaks occur but are not obvious include:
- under the house
- in a wall or concealed behind a cupboard space
- in an appliance built into the wall
- underneath a shower tray
Moisture testing is a good way of detecting leaks even in ceiling spaces and behind walls. Non-invasive moisture testing involves taking moisture readings using a special machine and does not cause damage to your property. Thermal imaging moisture testing can also be used to highlight problem areas. If a problem is detected and further work is needed then invasive moisture testing may be carried out. This involves making small holes in the wall or ceiling for more accurate testing.
Because early leak detection and making sure your property is weathertight is so important InnoHome carries out non-invasive moisture testing as part of every pre-purchase house inspection. If the problem appears to be significant we can arrange further invasive moisture testing.
To arrange a pre-purchase inspection or to talk to us about independent moisture testing at your property, get in touch.